There's a snake in the grass in Stoneybrook this week, and he's got his treacherous eyes on our sweet Mary Anne Spier. Loads to discuss this week including: the X-Men's Wolverine; negging; terrifying, mind-flaying demigods with surprising anatomies; and of course, the blossoming love between Logan and Mary Anne.
Martin's Logan is at once ominous and immensely charming. His slick Louisville accent, his apparent tender concern for Mary Anne, his otherworldly gift for babysitting ... all add up to something quiet and deadly (and in its own way, beautiful) that we somehow can't bring ourselves to look away from – a snake in the grass. This quote is from Milton's Paradise Lost, but you could easily see it as being pulled directly from the opening pages of Logan Likes Mary Anne:
"As when of old some Orator renound
In Athens or free Rome, where Eloquence
Flourishd, since mute, to some great cause addrest,
Stood in himself collected, while each part,
Motion, each act won audience ere the tongue
Sometimes in highth began, as no delay
Of Preface brooking through his Zeal of Right.
So standing, moving, or to highth upgrown
The Tempter all impassiond thus began..."
Interested readers could also do worse than spending some time with Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell – a less obvious source than Milton, but more nuanced in its depiction of Lucifer, who, like Logan, is a character of vastly more complex motivations and intentions than a simple opposition of dark to light.
What Claudia wore this week: "Short, tight-fitting black pants and a big white shirt that said BE-BOP all over it in between pictures of rock and roll dancers. She had fixed a floppy blue bow in her hair."
And here's the insane, off-the-wall shit she tried to make Mary Anne wear:
"In the junior department I tried on a green sweater dress that made me look like a mermaid, and a yellow sweater dress that made me look as big as a house. Then Claudia handed me a full white skirt with the words Paris, Rome, and London, and sketchy pink and blue pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Bridge, and other stuff scrawled all over it. She matched it up with a pink shirt and a baggy pink sweater. I would never, ever have tried on that skirt, but with the shirt and sweater it looked really cool.
In the shoe department we found white slip-ons with pink and blue edging that matched the pink and blue in the skirt. I'd never have looked twice at those shoes, either, but with the rest of the outfit they were perfect."