Quote of the Day: Rosario Ferré

The quote of the day is by Rosario Ferré, an important feminist writer, and one of self’s long-time favorites.  It’s from her essay, “The Writer’s Kitchen,” in Feminist Studies, Volume 12, no. 2 (Summer 1986):

How To Let Yourself Fall From the Frying Pan Into the Fire

Throughout time, women narrators have written for many reasons:  Emily Bronté wrote to confirm the revolutionary nature of passion; Virginia Woolf wrote to exorcise her terror of madness and death; Joan Didion writes to discover what and how she thinks; Clarisse Lispector discovered in her writing a reason to love and be loved.  In my case, writing is simultaneously a constructive and a destructive urge, a possibility for growth and change.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

POWER PLAY: “Die Hard” in a Canadian Resort, with Aerospace Executives

When the bad guys made an appearance, finally, about a hundred pages ago, Power Play began to pick up the pace.

Our hero is called Jake (the manliest of manly American names.  Jack was Keanu Reeves’ name in Speed, and it’s pretty close to Jake.  Other Jack/Jakes:  well, there’s Jack Sparrow, but he is a pirate.  Though the fact that Sparrow is played by Johnny Depp makes him also an American Hero.  Once again, self digresses!)

His love interest is called Ali, but she is blonde (like Ali Larter of the late series “Heroes”)

Jake is much younger than the other executives of the Hammond Aerospace Corporation (The others, aside from being old, sport Rolex watches, a few of which are even fake)

There is a character called Slattery who self can’t help but associate with John Slattery of television series and media darling “Mad Men.” (“Slattery” is not a common American last name).  Slattery has three daughters and in exchange for their lives he is willing to give up all the company secrets (Someone, please, bump him off, pronto!)

Sentences like the following —  “There was a noise at the far side of the room” —  are balanced by dialogue like the following:

“You know what the definition of a coward is?”  he said.  “A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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