Archive for: Tintin in Otherland

Strange Windows: The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part V: Radio Coda

On Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth program — moderated by the able Jean Feraca — Gene Kannenberg and I chat about Tintin and field listeners’ calls; you can find a streaming of the show at this link. Enjoy my dulcet tones– or, rather, my robotic stammer. ——————————————— Some have chided me for overlooking the […]

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Strange Windows: The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part 4

After three installments criticising Hergé for rampant racism and xenophobia, I uneasily picture his ghost appearing before me, with a quizzical smile. « So, » says the ghost, « you’ve really dragged me through the mud, eh ? But what about yourself, Alex? Are you a racist?” “No!” I answer. ”No, but…” New York, Washington […]

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Strange Windows:The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part 3

The entire Tintin in Otherland series is here. ____________________ The immediate aftermath of the war was harsh for Hergé, even though he could be accused, at worst, of passivity. He learned his lesson – what political satire there was in his books would henceforth be muted; minorities treated with greater respect. The books would be […]

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Strange Windows: The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part 2

[Part One here.] Wherever you look, you come face-to-face with the Other. Other race, other religion, other sex, other age, other individual… you name it. Reactions to the Other are complex and often self-contradictory: they run the gamut from instinctive loathing to fascinated attraction. The same person may be viciously hostile to, say, Indian immigrants, […]

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Strange Windows: The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part 1

Herge’s struggles with race

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