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There are worse crimes than burning books.
One is not reading them.
- Joseph Brodsky
With all the ranting and raving about elections, maybe this slipped past people, but the new World Trade Center opened to the public yesterday.
In case you don't listen to the radio, watch TV, or notice the plethora of serious-looking people standing on street corners holding signs, TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY. Get out and vote.
Here are the Wellesley voting district maps.
And google makes it even easier. Just enter your address HERE and find out where to vote.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. - H.P. Lovecraft
If the ad's dominating our television lately haven't given it away, it's election season. People seem to be fairly familiar with the candidates, but the ballot questions are often less publicized. Check out the State of Massachusetts official guide to the ballot initiatives, and get out there and make your vote count.
I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
– Groucho Marx
We're ordering some. A bunch. A whole lot actually. We have decided that given its immense popularity (and awesomeness) our graphic fiction/nonfiction section should be greatly expanded. Over the next few weeks I'll post about some of our new acquisitions (alright, technically we don't actually have them yet), and I'll start with one of the heavyweights of the graphic novel world: Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
And then Gordon has to pretend he doesn't know that Bruce knows he know, but Bruce is still coy about - well, you get the idea. At any rate, many meaningful glances are exchanged as they both generally say that life is good now that Batman isn't around anymore. Except Batman is around. He never really left. Here we first get the suggestion that maybe there isn't really a Bruce Wayne at all. That maybe Batman is the real person, and Bruce Wayne is just the disguise. At any rate, the bat Inside wont let Bruce slide off into retirement so easily. He's seen the corruption and violence that still exists in Gotham and he wants to get out and start righting wrongs, protecting the innocent, and stomping goons into the pavement. All three happen in abundance. Except, of course, with the return of Batman, his old nemesis the Joker comes out of a comatose state and gets back up to his old antics and shennanigans. You can imagine the chaos and bedlam, especially when Two-Face, Superman, and President Reagan get involved (seriously).
Parts of the book are told through supposed media coverage, complete with social commentary from the usual politicos as well as other heroes. We see the story set in a world of media frenzy and hype, not entirely unlike our own. And our hero? The Batman we see here is almost as brutal and thuggish as the criminals he battles. He looks raw, and unformed, like a troll or ogre or some other monster, especially once he shaves that mustache. Frank Miller has channeled Daishell Hammett, George Orwell, and Hunter S. Thompson to create a truly unique story of crime, punishment (and lots of it), revenge, and justice, which stands as one of the seminal works in the graphic novel pantheon.
Read it. Love it.
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