Four Colors to Infinity: DC A-Go-Go

Four Colors to Infinity:  DC A-Go-Go

28

Sep

2011

Comics fans are hardly unique in having a standoffish relationship with the medium they love.  (They are probably outpaced by sports fans in terms of the distance between the product on display and the character of the culture that has grown up around it, but that's another story.)  Every genre, every kind of media, every ...
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Hamlet: A Guide for Young Readers

Hamlet:  A Guide for Young Readers

14

Sep

2011

Act I, Scene 1Barnardo, Francisco, Horatio and Marcellus, castle guards at Elsinore, the home of the king and queen of Denmark, are working the night shift.  Having passed the evening without an appearance by the mice that plague the building, the conversa ...
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The Bad Wars and Modern Memory

The Bad Wars and Modern Memory

11

Sep

2011

The commemoration of any great tragedy is a thorny proposition.  Pay it too little attention, and you are open to charges of ignoring the pain of the victims and the grief of the survivors; pay it too much attention, and you become vulnerable to accusations of exploitation and devaluation.  This problem is even further ex ...
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Going to the Candidate’s Debate

Going to the Candidate’s Debate

8

Sep

2011

It's hard to write anything like this without seeming to endorse a second term for Barack Obama.  This is difficult for me to do, since I've generally found Obama to be a Clintonian disappointment; he's squandered one political opportunity after another, bowed down before the G.O.P. with barely a struggle, catered to the c ...
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Storm the Fort, Ye Knights of Labor

Storm the Fort, Ye Knights of Labor

5

Sep

2011

It's Labor Day in America.Celebrating what Adam Smith called "the first price, the original purchase that was paid for all things" has always been an iffy proposition in this most capitalist of countries.  In fact, the very commemoration of Labor Day here in the U.S. was sped along by bloody clashes between bosses and work ...
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The Big List: A Year of Movies

The Big List:  A Year of Movies

2

Sep

2011

Some of the High Hat gang were updating their 100-best-movies list; I haven't touched mine since the pre-Netflix days, and I've seen more movies in the last five years than I did in the 35 years before that.  So I figured it was time I did the same.  Alas, I got to about 124 without even including any foreign films, so I ...
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