The delicate, fragile nature of the songs is deceptive however because for all the introspection (and Little Black Numbers is a more reflective inward-looking affair than its predecessor), the album has a strength and positivity that keeps accusations of feyness
, routinely levelled at female singer-songwriters, well and truly at bay.
A successful effort is made to portray the idealistic side of communism, at least initially, as generals and even Mao (played with insinuating feyness
by Robert Lin) display solicitous respect - before crushing everything beneath their bloody heels, anyway.
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He likes this world, which is neither closeted nor flamboyant, but rather frank--a world where we find neither the exaggerated feyness
that says "Gay" with a capital G nor the kind of coy ambiguity by which pinky movements, pronunciation characteristics, and fashion sense tease television viewers about the orientation of sitcom characters.
This was to be one of Carter's primary themes, the permanent exile of the feminine and authentic from colonial imperialist culture, indeed, whilst Gothicism can be violently macho, particularly in narratives of violence and vampirism, it can also be darkly feminine, dwelling in cobwebbed feyness
, the gently illusory, the plangent madness of subtle hauntings, for instance.
Reclaimed from the margins of watercolour feyness
, it is now an effective and evangelising force.
Instead, one tends to look at Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars in all its particular strangeness, its datedness, its embarrassing feyness
, its inexplicable cult appeal--and thereby to realize what a much broader and stranger thing "literature" is than the works of widely-taught belle-lettrists refracted through the lens of admirable but limiting theoretical issues.
This has chiefly been due to filmmakers' appreciation of Forster's deft handling of those bare necessities that unite fiction and narrative cinema: character and plot--though even Merchant--Ivory balked at the feyness
of Forster's personal favorite among his books, The Longest Journey (1907), replete with its Cambridge archaisms, its wild improbabilities, and an impossibly high mortality rate.
Not that there's any art-school feyness
here, what with all the angsty shouting and heavy drums, but there is clearly more t5han substance to this band to defy any post-punk/alt-rock pigeonholing.