Tag Archives: Sarah Palin

Hillary & the Pressure To Be a Cool Girl

Understanding the popularity of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” amongst young women helps explain the mixed feelings about Hillary Clinton. She’s not a “cool girl.” But this is actually good.

Posted in Bloch (Robert), Flynn (Gillian), Harris (Thomas) | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin as Daisy Buchanan

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, speaking for moderate Republicans who are being driven from the party, sees himself as Jay Gatsby jilted by Daisy. Sarah Palin was once his Daisy and Donald Trump could be compared to Tom Buchanan.

Posted in Fitzgerald (F. Scott) | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Will Be Cast as a Witch

Prepare to see Hillary Clinton cast by the GOP in the role of the Wicked Witch of the West

Posted in Baum (L. Frank) | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin as Dorothy

Sarah Palin’s attraction in part lay in the way that she seemed to be a reincarnation of MGM’s Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Posted in Baum (L. Frank) | Also tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Sarah (Malaprop) Palin vs. Obamacare

Sarah Palin’s attack on Obamacare sounds as though it were delivered by Mrs. Malaprop.

Posted in Sheridan (Richard) | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sam Spade Takes on Sarah Palin

Something about Monday’s debate amongst Republicans vying for their party’s presidential nomination reminded me of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” They are all chasing after a legendary black bird that seems to be priceless but all too often turns out to be a lead simulacrum.

Posted in Hammett (Dashiell) | Also tagged , , , , , | Comments closed

Palin, Bachmann, and All about Eve

The rivalry between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann about who will be Tea Party queen reminds me of the 1950 Betty Davis film All about Eve. The parallels are so delicious that I have to share them with you.

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , | Comments closed

Palin, Mama Grizzlies, and the Wife of Bath

There was a lot of talk about Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” this past election season. The image, which conjures up mothers fiercely defending their threatened young, has never made logical sense to me as a rightwing symbol. After all, shouldn’t mothers be fighting fiercely for social safety net programs (which Sarah Palin attacks) and against […]

Posted in Chaucer (Geoffrey) | Also tagged , , , | Comments closed

Fences, Good Neighbors, and Immigration

Will America’s most famous poem about fences give us any insight into the border problems we are currently experiencing with Mexico? Let’s take a look at it and find out. The poem I have in mind is, of course, Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.” Here it is:

Posted in Frost (Robert) | Also tagged , , , , , | Comments closed

Sarah Palin and All the King’s Men

The political world seems to be agog over Sarah Palin these days, with Joel Klein of Time and  David Broder of The Washington Post, two columnists I respect, telling us to take her very seriously.  This has got me thinking of fictional populists, especially Willie Stark in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men (1946), one of […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , | Comments closed

  • AVAILABLE NOW!

  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

  • Sign up for weekly newsletter

    Your email will not be shared or sold.
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!
  • Twitter Authentication data is incomplete