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20 October 2004 @ 01:34 am
Reality Check  

I ran this past jbru who agreed with my thesis, so I'm throwing the question open to y’all. It seems to me that in his review of Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, Douglas Wolk of The Washington Post actually undermines his argument with his example:

[Art Spiegelman is] venting in all directions rather than making a point, and his jokes are pure lead. Directed by a Homeland Security “Red, White and Blue Alert,” for instance, Spiegelman buries his head under a flag. “I should feel safer under here, but—damn it!—I can’t see a thing!” he exclaims.


Peter Hentgesjbru on October 20th, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought the joke worked on a bunch of levels, actually. There's the "head in the sand" angle, the "cloak of patriotism" level. And that's just the surface.
Lionesselisem on October 20th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
Maybe he was praising it with faint damns? Or mistaken damns, anyway.
Stephen Leighsleigh on October 20th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
That joke works for me just fine, on more than one level. It seems very effective to me. Sounds to me like Mr. Wolk was stung by what Art Spiegelman is saying and didn't like the point of the joke, but rather than admitting this, is trying to obfuscate by claiming the joke is "pure lead." (And Wolk should have said the jokes were "leaden" rather than "pure lead" since many readers will see that as "pure leed" at first. Or call the jokes "boat anchors" -- that'd be even more scathing.)
Carol Kennedycakmpls on October 20th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
I agree with you and jbru.
Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on October 20th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't read this review but by itself it works rather well for me.
Kristenluckydragongirl on October 20th, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
Have you read the book yet? I am looking for it here. Might have to have it sent from the US.