This was being written before Obama was elected and was finished into his first few months in office. However, I feel the points raised are still relevant to his campaign today, hence I’m posting it. Here is the introduction.
I could already see that her door was ajar after having reached floor. I trod carefully with my arm stretched out for the handle, hoping to open it slowly and maybe get a feel for things before making my presence known. It flung open.
I feel Kerouac believed the goal of a free life was something that he could actually achieve; at least he did in his younger days: “I could hear a new call and see a new horizon, and believe it at my young age…” (Kerouac, 1955: 14)
Black Mask was never really a villain I could get into, and the whole ‘magic mask’ aspect of the Batman mythos is a far cry from the realistic template that Loeb, Miller and now Nolan have imprinted on the Universe.