Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #605 - The Case for Sly Escapism
Hi Mom, I have fallen behind again, so this is a total reprint.
I receive Ganzeer's newsletters, and though I have not asked him for permission, I am not trying to pass off any of the following content as my own. It is clearly his. I have reposted the entire newsletter. See his web site and sign up for the newsletter yourself if interested. This one inspired me and I connected to it quite strongly, starting with what caught my interest, which is that I am also a lover of the quite excellent book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Enjoy the read.
G a n z e e r ' s
The Case for Sly Escapism
Nothing better highlights the merits of escapist fiction more than Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY. The story follows two Jewish cousins, Czech-born Joe Kavalier and Brooklyn-born Sammy Clay, who is a big fan of the superhero adventure stories appearing in a 10 Cent publication titled ACTION COMICS. The most prominent of these stories is, of course, SUPERMAN. After Joe, a student in the faculty of Fine Arts, manages to escape the Nazis in Eastern Europe and make his way to his cousin’s dwelling in New York, Sammy is very much taken by Joe’s drawing skills and persuades him to start a comic book magazine together. They convince the owner of a small novelty products company, Sheldon Anapol, to back them. Motivated by Superman’s recent success and the need to have a venue to promote his novelty goods, Sheldon agrees, but much to his dismay Joe Kavalier insists on not altering the cover art for the very first issue, which shows their lead superhero, The Escapist, punching Hitler in the face.
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1703.03 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.