Not the best start to a week

Two stories—Love That Moves the Sun and Leave the World to Darkness—came back on Saturday (at least the former story had positive comments).
Then yesterday, I got snowed under by various projects, wedding and other, and felt quite wiped by the end. Fortunately, my work days are fun enough that’s not the disaster I might have felt it a few years earlier.
And I still have enough to do that I’m just lumping several things into this post, starting with graphic novels I’ve been reading recently:
Batman: Death and the City, was the second collection of Paul Dini’s run on the title, including more of the Riddler, a terrific battle between Batman, the Joker and Zatanna and the return of the 1950s foes the Terrible Trio (I find this amusing since Dini once cited them as among the most forgettable of Batman’s 1950s adversaries). A shame he didn’t turn out more, though I am enjoying his work on Zatanna (his wife’s a magician, so it’s not surprising he has an affinity for the character)
•From an earlier era we have Batman Chronicles, Volume Seven, which tracks the Darknight Detective through late 1942. The most significant stories here are the first two appearances of Two-Face, both outstanding; the efforts of later writers to make Harvey Dent’s transition into Two-Face more plausible (usually by asserting he was always crazy) completely miss the tragic power of the original. There’s also the excellent crime drama “The Story of the Seventeen Stones” and “Around the Clock With the Batman,” one of the first of many stories over the years focusing on the Batman’s methods and skills.
The Complete Peanuts: 1955-56, shows Charles Schulz fully in control of his fictional world: This is basically the strip I grew to know 15 years later—in fact, many of these were in the paperbacks I owned way back when (and I’m happy to say a lot of them still make me laugh out loud). Where a lot of the shticks in the first two volumes felt like Schulz trying to figure out what would work, here they feel more like character bits he played with for a while, then moved on—Snoopy’s impersonations of other animals, for example, or Linus’ fondness for announcing “In five hundred years, what difference will it make.” Thanks again to Fantagraphics for reprinting these.
Switching to politics, Digby links to an interesting analysis of why Republicans can keep their coalition of moneyed interests and religious conservatives together. The answer: The Repubs never sell their people out or compromise on core issues.
I think there’s much truth to this. Dems in Congress always seem willing to compromise on government funding for abortion, access to birth control, conscience clauses, etc. We never see Repubs offering greater access on abortion in return for getting a deal on debt (how much of this is shrewd calculation and how much sincere political belief, I don’t know). It’s a big advantage in building loyalty.
•Yet another Republican warns us how women’s job is to stand behind their man, and women who get out in front will enfeeble Real Masculinity. Issues much?


Filed under Comics, Politics, Reading, Short Stories, Time management and goals, Undead sexist cliches, Writing

2 responses to “Not the best start to a week

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