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Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Reading Recommendations -- A couple of pieces that caught my eye in the past couple of days and may be of interest:

Tom Spurgeon looks at the various modes in which one can read Watchmen. None of them will be particularly compelling to anyone who hasn't read it yet, but all his points are of interest to those of us who have and are still thinking about the book's many layers all these years later (speaking as someone who bought issue #1 new off the stands).

Roger Ebert remembers Gene Siskel on the 10th anniversary of his death. This is one of those links I post and wonder if my readers are as interested in it as I am...I link to Ebert frequently, because he's a brilliant and crystal-clear critic and an engaging, top-notch writer, but also because in recent years as his health has suffered he has become even more vital and reflective a talent. This piece on his longtime friend and partner moved me more than anything I've read in a long time, and while I don't know if it's the type of thing you come here to be directed to, I really kind of hope that it is. I long ago stopped feeling bad about not writing much about superheroes, and as my interests have moved on to other concerns, I hope yours have too. I'll always write primarily about comics, but pieces like this Ebert one are sort of the real-world essay version of the comics I love: profoundly human and filled with humour, insight and a frank look at genuine life experience in all its sad and wondrous facets.

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Blogger Mrigashirsha said...

If I hadn't already seen that Ebert piece, I'd be very, very grateful for the pointer. He's developed into a really remarkable essayist, spinning together a thoroughly educated artistic sense, journalistic focus and pursuit of a narrative, and deeply personal humor and compassion into a great blend.

23 February, 2009 10:34  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks, that is great to hear and exactly the kind of feedback I need.

23 February, 2009 10:37  

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