Literary critic and author of books on literature, folklore and mythology, Barbara Leavy has been a contributor of features and reviews to Cabaret Scenes from the magazine’s earliest issues. Retired as a full professor of English at the City University of New York’s Queens College, she retains her honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor of English in Psychiatry at Cornell University’s Medical College. When not at cabaret, her current work in the realm of crime fiction. Barbara’s latest book, published by Poisoned Pen Press, is a second edition of The Fiction of Ruth Rendell—Ancient Tragedy and The Modern Family.
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Like all defense mechanisms, fantasizing has its positive and negative aspects.
In their fabulous show at 54 Below, Some Enchanted Evening, Amanda McBroom and her husband, George Ball, sang of love, marriage, time, loss, and a theme that has always characterized Amanda’s own songwriting—the gap between dreams and reality, between a couple’s hope to be in love forever, and of settling down to an existence of “comfortable despair.”