Thursday, March 08, 2018

Mae West: Saloon Singer

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 24.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • ”sister in distress” • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  There is also a smart utterance concerning female solidarity said ironically by a female impersonator, a “sister in distress” (185). What is also an additional feature of all of West’s stories is that she is absolutely authentic in her language use: she is life-like with her slang and colloquial words and phrases with which she presents a particular group or class of marginalized people. In Diamond Lil, the heroine is again an ex-prostitute, who is also a saloon singer.
• • the workings of the underworld • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In this story, there is also a young girl considering prostitution as a way out of her misery (there is also white slavery within the story) along the workings of the criminal underworld; in The Constant Sinner, the workings of the underworld (criminals, gangs, bootlegging, drug dealing and drug use to prostitution) predominate with the heroine being a prostitute, whom West calls “a femme amoureuse” (5).
• • she enjoyed selling herself • • . . .
• • This was Part 24 of a lengthy article. Part 25 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Wednesday, 8 March 1978 • •
• • Mae West was discussed in a few news items prepared for Variety Magazine's issue dated for Wednesday, 8 March 1978.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • George Raft was suspended by Paramount Pictures for 10 weeks recently for walking off the set during the making of Mae West's fourth film "It Ain't No Sin," in which he was cast opposite Miss West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I like to live high up, and hear people moving about, and listen to traffic noises. Makes me feel alive and part of things." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York daily mentioned Mae West.
• • In her enjoyable article "Wisecracking West was clearly a figure to be reckoned with," Carol Crissey Nigrelli ran with this first paragraph: Mae West reigns as one of the great architectural wonders of the 20th century. Her zaftig figure inspired legions of late-night comics and female impersonators. Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who badly misjudged the actress' tiny waist measurement, made up for some ill-fitting dresses by creating a perfume bottle in Mae West's shape. ...
• • Source: Carol Crissey Nigrelli's article in The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY); published on Sunday, 8 March 2009
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3913th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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