St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-08848-5 $12.95.
"Outside of dildos and Tupperware, pieces
of molded plastic have rarely been known to trigger such intense
Barbie is a problem for many...A deep problem.
Barbie is an American icon: the product of an adult's fantasy of a girlchild's toy. Or is Barbie the adult's toy and the child's fantasy?
What happens when the adult fantasy collides with the child's fantasy? Sparks fly, as you will see from these stories and poems -- some from Barbie's point of view, some about Barbie's impact on specific characters. All that misplaced Barbie angst of your youth, all the childhood conditioning, is revealed at last in Mondo Barbie.
"Weird, funny, and surprisingly
"Peels away all the phony plastic and gets
to the real plastic underneath . . . . Barbie has warped many lives;
but she will always be among us, so we might as well learn to deal
"A diverse and agile book . . . the authors
play happily with the varieties of Barbie experience."
"A funny, irreverent, and sometimes shocking
look at Barbie's function as national icon . . . an unusually entertaining
"A hilarious, offbeat, irreverent, and
occasionally frightening anthology of just what nine inches of
plastic injection-molding technology has wrought."
"Members of the Barbie Generation are coming
of age and they are taking no prisoners."
Featuring works by: Roberta Allen, Julia Alavarez, Lynne Barrett, Jeanne Beaumont, Rebecca Brown, Sandra Cisneros, Laura Costas, Denise Duhamel, Richard Grayson, Cathryn Hankla, Kathryn Harrison, Sharon Henry, Lisa B. Herskovits, A. M. Homes, Wayne E. Kline, Philip Levine, Lyn Lifshin, Cookie Lupton, Alice McDermott, Lynne McMahon, Jose Padua, Marge Piercy, Ellie Schoenfeld, Gregg Shapiro, Leslie Shiel, Gary Soto, Sparrow, Patricia Storace, Belinda Subraman, Hillary Tham, David Trinidad, John Varley, and Jeff Weddle.