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Lucius
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 08:13 am:   



Excerpts from Lynne Cheney's 1981 novel Sisters:

The women who embraced in the wagon were Adam and Eve crossing a dark
cathedral stage -- no, Eve and Eve, loving one another as they would not
be able to once they ate of the fruit and knew themselves as they truly
were. She felt curiously moved, curiously envious of them. She had never
to this moment thought Eden a particularly attractive paradise, based as
it was on naiveté, but she saw that the women in the cart had a
passionate, loving intimacy forever closed to her. How strong it made
them. What comfort it gave.

The young woman was heavily powdered, but quite attractive, a curvesome
creature, rounded at bosom and cheek. When she smiled, even her teeth
seemed puffed and rounded, like tiny ivory pillows.

Let us go away together, away from the anger and imperatives of men. We
shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There
will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons
of sweet retirement. In the evenings I shall read to you while you work
your cross-stitch in the firelight. And then we shall go to bed, our
bed, my dearest girl.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 09:37 am:   

Literature's loss is politics' gain...:-)

Let us hope, my dear man, that our author finds a secluded bower into which she can lead King Halliburton to his own afternoons of "sweet retirement."
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 09:57 am:   

More potentially deathless punk lyrics.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 10:37 am:   

Yes, from "Heavily Powdered," the new video and single from Eve and Eve's new Ivory Pillows CD, "Embraced in the Wagon." Stay tuned for dates on the Secluded Bower 2004 U.S. tour.
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Minz
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 11:49 am:   

I hear K.D. Lang's the opening act...
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 12:29 pm:   

K.D. Lang, and Bitch and Animal. :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 12:40 pm:   

I kind of like the image of Lynne Cheney composing this:

"The women who embraced in the wagon were Adam and Eve..."

Huh...now...wait a minute...Adam and Eve...the women...don't want to imply that one is especially masculine, well, let's see...but if I come right out and say they were "Eve and Eve" then no one is going to have a clue what I was talking about..."Two Eves without an Adam in sight" maybe...or...well, all right, I'll go with that lazy first thought and then just clarify the image so no one loses it, anyway, this can wait till I do a rewrite. On to the next image. How is a covered wagon like a cathedral stage...? Well, screw it, they're nothing alike, but I'm just gonna cram them together and stick Adam and Eve on them. Did they HAVE covered wagons in Eden? Or how did Adam and Eve survive long enough to get to a cathedral? Actually, I don't think it's really a cathedral I'm thinking of...I mean, it has a stage. It's more of a matinee theater. Unless it's like some Women's Christian Temperance Union auditorium where they hold revival meetings every week, and then you'd hardly call that a chapel. Can I get away with this? I suppose I can. Who's ever going to read this anyway?
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 12:49 pm:   

"When she smiled, even her teeth
seemed puffed and rounded, like tiny ivory pillows."

If we're getting into literary criticism, it's pretty hard to beat this for awk. imagery.

Maybe I don't know my architecture, but I don't think I've ever seen a cathedral with a stage. Is it in the nave? The apse? Weren't most Passion plays done on the steps? Did cathedrals do a lot of theater in the gothic and renaissance eras? A little something to raise money for the new roof, perhaps?

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MarcL
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 05:27 pm:   

The only time I've seen puffed teeth was in a nightmare. They were all scorched and oozy, like barbecued hominy with blood in it. So actually this seductive image was quite chilling to me.
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Brendan
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 05:34 am:   

Lucius:

Maybe I am stupid. (I don't rule it out.) But did you write this, or did Miss Cheney really write a novel?

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Brendan
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 05:36 am:   

No, you couldn't have written this. The writing is too awful. Or else a brilliant imitation of bad lesbian writing.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 05:48 am:   

Ms. Cheney wrote it. She also wrote THE BODY POLITIC, a story in which the VP dies of a heart attack and no one notices.
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Brendan
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 05:54 am:   

Really scary stuff.

Of course that is only to be expected from the daughter of Dick - who I find to be just about the most frightening person on the planet.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 09:00 am:   

Lucius---

Turns out that Lynne Cheney coauthored THE BODY POLITIC with Victor Gold---I'd forgotten that. Here's a link to a little synopsis of the book: http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.,bookID.368/book_detail.asp

And here's a profile of Vic Gold in which he takes credit for the parts about the vice-president in the novel: http://www.newhouse.com/archive/story1a082800.html
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 09:38 am:   

Thanks, Gordon.....
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MarcL
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 09:07 pm:   

Brendan, Lynne is not Cheney's daughter, who is so much in the public's lewd thoughts lately. It's his wife.
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Brendan
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 12:27 am:   

His wife is a lesbian too?
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 02:51 am:   

Maybe a little cause and effect at work, eh?
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Brendan
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 04:43 am:   

:-)
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barth
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 04:43 am:   

dick cheney is too. white house is crawling with lesbians.
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Minz
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 06:07 am:   

Hey, I'm a lesbian...trapped inside a man's body. Maybe I'm backing the wrong ticket.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 07:25 am:   

Bucky Lesbian? :-)

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