Mondo Barbie by Lucinda Ebersole

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Barbie is an American icon. But Barbie becomes a problem when the adult fantasy collides with the child's fantasy? All that misplaced Barbie angst of our youth, all the childhood conditioning, and the adult results are revealed at last in Mondo Barbie.
 

About Lucinda Ebersole

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Ebersole is a writer, editor, and filmmaker. Richard Peabody is the co-editor of the literary journal Gargoyle, based in Washington, DC.
 
Published March 15, 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin. 185 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In weak pieces, Clive Barker turns Marilyn into a blood-sucking alien, and Michael Hemmingson, in ``Twenty-six Marilyns or An Alphabet Soup Full of Marilyns or Marilyn X 26 = or A Vignette Collage of Marilyns or Just Too Damn Many Marilyns,'' makes her a literary critic.

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All through these pieces, though--and in the excerpts from Ed Graczyk's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Edwin Corley's Farewell My Slightly Tarnished Hero, and the poems by Ai, Reuben Jackson, Tino Villanueva, and Terence Winch--the tabula rasa is remarkably consistent:...

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Poems, stories, and fantasies featuring the queen of American dolls that, all together, pack more of a punch than one might expect--a funny, irreverent, and sometimes shocking look at Barbie's function as national icon.

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In most pieces, little girls obsess about accumulating clothes for Barbie, getting Barbie together with Ken or how their Barbie collections compare to those of their friends.

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One of childhood's more sobering initiations comes with the discovery that Barbie's head pops off, she'll never wear flats, and her boyfriend is a eunuch.

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