Today’s daily desk copy request: Jane Bowles Two Serious Ladies: A Novel for a course on “writing and sexual politics.”
A cult classic and the only novel by Jane Bowles, the highly influential wife of Paul Bowles, Two Serious Ladies (1943) follows two upper-class women, Christina Goering and Frieda Copperfield, as they descend into debauchery.
If that description isn’t enough to get you excited, you should also know that it was Tennessee Williams’ favorite novel AND your new source for under-utilized children’s games.
Example: “I forgive you of all your sins.”
This one comes from everyone’s favorite child-zealot Christina. Follow these simple rules and you are your friends will be laughing your way out of the devil’s clutches (FUN!)
1. Throw a burlap sack over the head of your infirm sister’s unsuspecting friend and force her into a mud pit.
2. Ask the burlap-ensconced friend the most rhetorical of all rhetorical questions: “Does your sin taste bitter in your mouth?”
3. If she complains, hit her with the hard facts. Like this:
“The mud’s cold,” said Mary.
“The hell fires are hot,” said Christina.
4. Convince that aquaphobic sinner to dunk herself in a freezing stream for three minutes to absolve her of her sins. Shout a prayer to God over her about how only a sinner would wear burlap.
5. Give her some colored pencils and send her on her way.
Adult-appropriate mind-games included inside!