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I cite the central provocation of Merrill here (a provocation Hollander returns to in his powerful, moving elegy for Merrill and his own parents in "M and M's") because Merrill too charts in The Book of Ephraim the failure of his own novel in favor of forms of verse that cannot possibly do the work of the "baldest prose / Reportage" that his subject called for.
Hillary Clinton stated the case at its baldest when she described the president as a victim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." Although many of those who supported Clinton throughout the ordeal would not go as far as that, insisting that the president had behaved reprehensibly, many held that Starr's actions went too far and rightly or wrongly saw the impeachment's origins in a partisanship the Republican congressional majority shared.
(Let's recall here Joyce's famous letter about "Ithaca" to which I will refer again later in this paper: "not only will the reader know every,thing and know it in the coldest baldest way, but Bloom and Stephen thereby become heavenly bodies, wanderers like the stars at which they gaze" [Letters, I, 159-60].
I am aware of no such expose regarding the equally popular Andrews tides, beginning with her Medicine Woman in 1976, although Wendy Rose dismisses a few of Andrews' baldest assertions in her critique mentioned above (1992).
"In baldest terms," he concludes, "sustained success requires moving poor people from bad city neighborhoods to good suburban neighborhoods and moving dollars from wealthy suburban governments to poorer city governments."
Put in its baldest form, the conventional wisdom about Congress truly is perverse.
The Eleventh Circuit recently stated this position in the baldest terms: "Congress may unilaterally repeal the Puerto Rican Constitution .
The decision not to rescind the red card surprised and dismayed Wolves but the FA, a body whose procedures make those of the Kremlin look transparent, issued only the baldest of statements, as is their custom in disciplinary matters.
The only possible explanation for this travesty is that the award was actually for Baldest Actor but the paper was folded so the letters A, L and D were hidden from view.
Having kept himself like the baldest billiard ball this long time, Beckham has allowed his bonce to bloom again; and blooming strange, shape-wise, it is, too.
He executed one of his baldest schemes in January 1864.
Who is the baldest? a) Peter Savill, b) Michael Tabor, c) Richard Pitman.
Most people thought this was a joke at the expense of the Conservatives, who think they are best when they are baldest.
The Tory response is: "We are at our best when we are baldest."
But until you walked in I was the baldest man here."