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Literary Quarterly: Fall 1999



Comic books, Barbie dolls, and candle wax... no, Bernardo Bertolucci and Quentin Tarantino are not making a film together. Even better -- it's the uniquely feminine fall edition of MT's Literary Quarterly, featuring: Trina Robbin's fresh take on women in comics; the sublimely perverse fascination of photographer Richard Kern; a femme farewell to Barbie and her oh-so-dysfunctional dreamhouse; plus much, much more...

by Norene Cashen

From teens to 'zines, Trina Robbin's new book takes 50 years of female comic book fun seriously.

Secrets in camera
by George Tysh
Controversial erotic photographer Richard Kern frames the private fascinations of his desire.

Book of quandaries
by Jerry Herron
American photographer Nan Goldin ruminates on 20 years of images depicting love on the rocks, on the run and in ruins.

Creepy kid stuff
by Dayana Stetco
A review of Deborah Levy's new novel Billy and Girl, about a brother and sister in search of Mom and love and life.

Buh-bye, bimbo
by Alisa Gordaneer
Forget the fashion dolls. Ophira Edut's new collection of essays presents real women writing about fat, hair and skin color.

Gardener of Stars
Nationally acclaimed author Carla Harryman presents an excerpt from her novel in progress, Gardener of Stars.

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