Posts Tagged ‘watchmen’

Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there. Welcome back. I hope you had—or are having—an enjoyable spring break and had a happy St. Patrick’s Day (or ‘Talk Like Shane McGowan Day’ as I celebrate it).

Gene Fowler once said that “writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Computers have made this already difficult process harder. Do we honestly believe that Conrad or Dickens would have turned out better bodies of work if their pens and paper were replaced by a source of free and unlimited pornography and college basketball updates? Honestly it’s a miracle most of us make it out the door in the morning.

Why do I bring this up? Well, being as I’m on a Watchmen kick (slightly disappointed with the movie, but not as much as V for Vendetta or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen since you asked), the first chapter of Hollis Mason’s Under the Hood recommends that an author should “start off with the saddest thing you can think of and get the audience’s sympathies on your side. After that, believe me, it’s a walk.”

The reason I started with trying to garner your sympathy is that I will be delving into the Israel/Palestine issue. (more…)

one of the many badass quotes from Rorschachs journal

one of the many badass quotes from Rorschach's journal

I have always loved superheroes. There is just something about believing in people that can fly and see through walls and have tons of other superhuman powers that can fuel my imagination enough to keep me daydreaming through entire classes.

Today in Spanish I decided that if had one power I would want it to be the ability to control time. Not only would I be able to fast-forward through my classes, but I would always get enough sleep and spring break would be a hell of a lot longer.

The Crew

The Crew

What got me on the subject of superheroes is the movie Watchmen. The movie started off sort of like The Incredibles, where vigilante activities have been outlawed and superheroes are forced to live normal lives and neglect their powers.

But then it turned dark, and in a surprisingly good way. (more…)