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August 11, 2023


What a great interview! Love this, Denise! "Barbie changes careers like an outfit....but I'm like, focus!"

Great interview. I'll seek out the book. Back in the early 2000s it was some kind of anniversary for the Barbie doll and in my course on pop culture we spent considerable time discussing the doll's history and metamorphosis. Around that time there was a competing doll fad called Bratz,who had a punk vibe. (I don't know if they still exist.) I thought of writing an essay based on my research, thought of calling it "Barbie Man" but, oh well,I had more compelling things to do and soon went to Qatar (See my memoir, Desert Wind: My Life in Qatar.) There, women are veiled,and Barbie frowned upon, although the young women in my classes almost certainly knew who she was via the Internet. I'll have to find out if the new movie will be shown there. I plan to see it in Ithaca next week.

Terrific interview; thanks.

Excellent interview! Thanks

Fantastic! And Kinky is such a great book. It was a revelation to me when I started reading poetry. Brilliant. Stacey

Fabulous interview, thank you!

I had a similar sense of cognitive dissonance seeing the movie. And to Peter in the comments above, one little Easter Egg in the Barbie movie is that the four teen girls are named after the Bratz dolls and even look like them. They definitely still exist. :)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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