“Superhero team-building is a venerable comic-book practice, one that flourished in the ’60s and ’70s…more or less contemporaneously with the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise”

Nothing in popular culture, or in consumer capitalism, is ever really new. Superhero team-building is a venerable comic-book practice, one that flourished in the ’60s and ’70s — with the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic[…]

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“The humor and pathos of “Louie” come not only from the occasional funny feelings that he has about his privileges…but also, more profoundly, from his knowledge that the conceptual and imaginative foundations of those privileges have crumbled beneath him”

The humor and pathos of “Louie” come not only from the occasional funny feelings that he has about his privileges — which include walking through the city in relative safety and the expectation of sleeping[…]

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