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Thomas Jones: Dictionaries, 24 August 2000

... published till November, but Cassell have sent out a taster of sample entries, including one for Dolly, ‘the world’s first cloned sheep, born on 5 July 1996 at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh’. Perhaps Gell-Mann would have called her Molly, but the depressing fact is that she was named after the ‘full-figured country singer ...

Deadheaded Sentences

Andrew O’Hagan: A Disservice to Dolly, 4 August 2022

Run Rose Run 
by Dolly Parton and James Patterson.
Century, 439 pp., £20, March, 978 1 5291 3567 1
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The Stories of My Life 
by James Patterson.
Century, 358 pp., £20, June, 978 1 5291 3687 6
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... For scholars​ of heartbreak and trepidation, the Dolly Parton songbook is a core text. No other singer would say ‘please’ when begging Jolene not to take her man. In Country Music, Ken Burns’s recent documentary series, Parton insists a great song is like an heirloom or a keepsake, essentially a piece of storytelling ...
... paralysed. But there’s one song they almost never play and I’ll tell you why: it’s the one Dolly Parton wrote, not the brunette, but it’s not Dolly who’s doing the singing, it’s the one who just died. Because if they played that one, it wouldn’t be just you dying in aisle #5. All the girls would be ...

All hail, sage lady

Andrew O’Hagan: ‘The Crown’, 15 December 2016

... The Crown, William offered only one word. ‘Legend,’ he said, as if they were talking about Dolly Parton. And that is the way the boys view their grandfather, as a one-off, a classic exemplar, rather than the mythic, intransigent beast of agonised loyalty known to their father. The Duke of Edinburgh becomes a wayward soul as The Crown progresses, a ...

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Joanna Biggs: The Manifesto Instinct, 18 June 2020

... A ‘pajama femme’ explains in a post on Medium in 2011 that while her ‘gender identity is Dolly Parton … my gender presentation is more Roseanne’ but she objects to the idea ‘that anYONE’s gender can be summed up by their appearance’. She ends with a come-on: ‘We will be the ones at the gay bar in our sweatpants.’ ‘The People ...

Even When It’s a Big Fat Lie

Alex Abramovich: ‘Country Music’, 8 October 2020

Country Music 
directed by Ken Burns.
PBS, eight episodes
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... Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Rhiannon Giddens, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Randy Scruggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam – a who’s who of Nashville, Austin and Bakersfield turned out for Burns’s camera, 85 strong. They’re a pleasure to watch, and if they’re dishonest, they’re ...

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