Have you ever had a critic who was so harsh they actually told you to stop writing? Well, that's how I interpret this:
It's that glance of disapproval which really drives the point home, really makes this criticism sting. Et tu, Ginger? Do I now have to evaluate all of my life choices?
Luckily, I was able to buy her off with a saucer of milk. She's a harsh critic, but she is bribeable.
The Big Bad Bald Bastard is a character played by Monsieur _______ of the City of Y______. The role of the Bastard is a handy one to play on subways, walking the streets, and in dive-bars, when being a nerdy, bookish sort is not to one's advantage.