In The News: Department of English
When I was 10, my friend’s mother, who was a script supervisor for the sitcom Designing Women, asked me to audition for a part on the show. The role was that of a Vietnamese boat child named Li Sing, who Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) agrees to foster for a few weeks. The casting director was having trouble finding enough Asian child actors to audition for the role.
Literary theory and criticism is a specialized field of study. If you’re talking to people who haven’t studied it or who have just a passing acquaintance with it, you may encounter some generalizations about what it is and its value. Here are a few of the most common misunderstandings about literary theory.
Our Gang, Julia Lee's new book on the history of the much-loved Our Gang comedies of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, has a provocative subtitle: A Racial History of the Little Rascals. Let’s face it, if you're old enough to have been a fan of the black-and-white shorts — which, like many things from that era, had their last real resurgence in the ‘90s, thanks to LaserDisc reissues — you've probably found yourself at one time or other wondering how American audiences during the more or less Klan-friendly 1920s and ‘30s respond to the racially mixed cast of kids making slapstick “mischief” together.
The Little Rascals was a staple of children’s television beginning in the 1950s. Many kids of that era thought Farina, Stymie, Darla, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat - and the other Rascals - were playmates created just for them.
Sometimes readers of poetry wish for a poetry decoder ring. Some useful ornament to slip on a finger to help one figure out what bards mean in their mysterious verse, from Ezra Pound to William Blake to Nobel-winning poet Tomas Transtromer.
In the casino restaurant where I work, the rush arrives at 10pm. The nearby show releases, sending 30 guests into my section all at once.
How else do you beat the heat of a Las Vegas summer than by finding the nearest swimming pool to lounge by?