Ada-L is thinking about Sergio Leone's adoration of the masculine face.
Sep 10, 2015 Ada-L commented on White Guy Michael Derrick Hudson Dons Yellowface, Tricks Sherman Alexie, Gets Published in Best American Poetry.
Alexie's disclosure that "approximately 99% of the poets are professors." Is very interesting in terms of this story. Because Getting in BAP can be a crucial component of a CV necessary to land (or keep) a teaching job, and that is one way a poet can get paid with benefits (perhaps leaves as well). It would be wrong to say Poetry Professorship Job = Getting in BAP, but there is something more in Alexie's statistic that needs unpacking.

But I now wonder, is Hudson a professor? Based on Alexie's numbers, it seems a safe guess. Or should I say was he a professor, because I can't imagine an MFA program keeping him under these circumstances.
Aug 20, 2015 Ada-L commented on Mary Anne Carter's Broadsides Do More Than Illustrate Poems.
"Like all art that strains for respectability and promises "nourishment," they are the enemy of art."
So nice to have a juicy generalization draw me deeper into the article. Carter's work looks fascinating: more akin to Chinese traditions wherein the calligraphy, scroll, fabric, and text are integral to one another rather than Western printed broadsides.
Jun 17, 2015 Ada-L commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: His Ex-Girlfriend's Texts.
And once the shitty boyfriend discovers the texts, you know, when she leaves the phone around where he can find it with the screen lock off, well there will be: More Drama! Hooray! LR's BF should get out of this while the getting is good.
Jun 16, 2015 Ada-L commented on A Friendly Reminder That Dogs Are Not People and Bringing Them to the Grocery Store Is Disgusting and Repulsive.
Trying to get to 100 Comments, yelhaneb. I'm surprised that Europe has come up only once and especially no mention of France specifically.
Apr 28, 2015 Ada-L commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Photo Play.
Since the Glass Menagerie angle has been adequately discussed here, I will say it's interesting that this was not a "snooping" case. There is the entire prologue of "the document," and him letting her use the computer. Which means that part of him didn't care if she found that particular file folder or not. It would seem he left Mr. Chekov's gun out in plain sight with a box of ammunition sitting right next to it. How much of this was an intentional (albeit stupid) way of starting dialogue, as are many letters actually written to Dan in the hopes the Other Significant ("who is a long-time reader") sees it?

Or if he is really that dumb then the LW is better off with someone else. Either which way, there is a novel's worth of material here and we're only seeing a brief synopsis.
Apr 22, 2015 Ada-L commented on I Have Never Liked The Little Prince, I Will Never Like The Little Prince.
My dream of seeing Werner Herzog make The Little Prince with Klaus Kinski unfortunately died in 1991 along with Klaus. The manic shouting in German of Saint-Exupéry's text would have fixed everything.
Mar 12, 2015 Ada-L commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry.
Is there going to be an actual book review here ever again, or just conversations about writing? It's been two weeks since the Ann Pancake review by Paul, and with APRIL Festival coming up, can we maybe get some reviews of those books/writers?
Feb 23, 2015 Ada-L commented on MacFarland, USA: After Kevin Costner Saved Black People in Black or White, He Sets His Sights on Improving the Lot of Latinos.
I fear this will be the death of the Books section. Paul, you will be more than missed.
Feb 7, 2015 Ada-L commented on In Case You Wondered, Yes, the Music Is As Bad As the Cover Art.
I thought Nigel Pepper Cock was some sort of English desert, like Spotted Dick.
Jan 24, 2015 Ada-L commented on I Think I Think You Are Totally Wrong Is Totally Wrong.
@2: I'm sorry Ryan, but I have to disagree with you. You actually use narrative, characterization and suspense quite well, so I value your opinions on writing.