Archive for December, 2008

speaking of jewish exceptionalism….

… I don’t think there’s a book called The Irish Catholic Graphic Novel, do you? I drew an essay for this book, which came out last month from Rutgers University Press (on amazon here). (I also did the painting for the cover but I did not do the overall design or add the balloons.) The […]

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Happy New Year!

I just confessed to Noah by e-mail that I’m socially retarded. To continue my coming out, I’ll share what I did a few years ago, the first New Year’s Eve when I didn’t try to pretend I had a social life. What I did was spend a couple of enjoyable hours reading this material right […]

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vindication of the rights of nebbishes (to your underpants)

I’m trying to expand some thoughts I expressed in the comments of this old entry. I watch a fair amount of romantic comedies (I wouldn’t be surprised if I watch more than any of my co-utilitarians), especially the male-aimed kind (of the Kevin Smith/Judd Apatow schools) but also the female-aimed kind. A trend that has […]

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Yeah, Well, He Has

Martin Peretz is allowing his psychic boils to become especially inflamed again. A commenter at The New Republic reminds us what an ogre Peretz is and adds, “People find [Jamie] Kirchik offensive, but really, he could learn a thing or two at Peretz’s knee.” For the punchline, see above.

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The Jew in George Lucas’s Soup

UPDATE: In Comments, Noah favors the pulp explanation for Lucas’s racial, ah, infelicities: Lucas has all sorts of weird racial stereotypes in his movies. There’s a bunch of semi-Chinese speaking/looking Asian characters if I remember. And Jar-Jar Binks is egregious … I don’t think it’s necessarily because Lucas is some sort of closet racist. I […]

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More art…

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Batman and Robin: The Critical Principle

Noah asked me why I didn’t like the LOTR films, then added that he didn’t see the Narnia films because they sounded bad. For me that raises the question of how the Narnia films sound different than the LOTR films, aside from having little English kids in the cast. It’s still a lot of fantasy […]

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