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Jones, who signed to Mustard in 2012, has already picked up gongs for his ChildLine work, which shuns mawkishness and ends up being
The teenage brain responds to the uncomplicated pleasures of excitement just as self-indulgently wallowing in mawkishness soothes the adolescent solipsist.
Her mawkishness tempers at later stages of the book when she reflects solicitously on her uncertainty about marriage and the decision to abandon her old life for early risings and long days on the farm.
A few critics cited some mundane prose and mawkishness, but overall, O'Nan successfully captures life's sheer possibilities, even when the odds seem stacked against success.
Spielberg's unrivalled handling of action scenes ensures a stirring denouement to a film that flirts with mawkishness but never goes further than first base.
It's narcotic mawkishness, with notes played on heartstrings like a 12-string guitar.
Normally rational people (and Daily Mail readers) are queuing up to hail the John Lewis festive heartstring-puller as mankind's greatest-ever cultural achievement, a Sistine Chapel of mawkishness that's apparently a lone flicker of light in the yawning abyss of recession-depression.
Yet when routed through objects less immediately acquiescent to poetry--as in Other, a discarded lavender soda cup lid with two straws tucked into its drinking hole like sweethearts nestled together; or an untitled duo of squashed beer cans in blue resin, a pair of streetwise perfect lovers that nods toward Jasper Johns and the clearer influence of Felix Gonzalez-Torres (along with Jim Hodges, Robert Gober, and others)--the artist's tendency toward sentimentality is less prone to prescriptiveness, and to the kind of mawkishness that can attend it.
His is no facile solution and he brings the drama to its close without sentimentality or mawkishness.
Gone is the mawkishness and moralizing of Author, in Vanishing Point; gone too the simple exhaustion of Writer, in This Is Not a Novel; indeed, not since the days of Reader himself--the first of these homunculi, and by comparison blithely egocentric and old-fashioned, the most resembling a "real" fictional character--has a Markson novel been so free of the weight of closure; free, paradoxically, of the need to end (and end breathtakingly
The vaguely "Odd Couple"-ish pairing is "Rounding Third's" draw, not any peripheral "ode to baseball" mawkishness.
Thursday's curtain-raiser featured much mawkishness over Harvey's travails while rent-a-quote Katie and her "shocked" manager Claire Powell lashed out at Press intrusion.