I can't even watch SNL online here. Thanks, Hulu. Jerks. (via New York Times.)
I can read, despite the expense of such a habit here (in English, at least.) In between lesson planning, grading*, and mispronouncing Slovak, I've managed to squeeze in a few very enjoyable reads, mostly a couple guilty pagefuls at a time on trams, in the bathroom, instead of cleaning the kitchen. Time to live up to my nom de blogge, I reckon, and give my (brief) impressions. Here's the first... more to come later.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
As you may have seen next door, Auds and Curt came for a visit, and left not only footprints, but also delicious homemade candy and some English(!) reading. I was pretty liberal with my consumption of the candy, but I'm rationing the reading a bit more carefully; there are always flights and train rides in our future. I started with TDKR, exactly the stuff I needed to retreat from British Literature. I was surprised to realize I've never actually read the thing, even though -- just by reputation -- it was probably hugely influential on my expectations for Batman comics and movies.
I remember being introduced to the Dark Knight in the backyard of one of Matt's friends -- Doug Bright, maybe? My Super Powers/Superfriends Batman archetype didn't stand a chance. Batman beats Superman? Robin is a girl? The Batmobile is a tank? Awesome! Finally getting around to reading it after all this time, I worried that the genuine article wouldn't hold up to the reputation, but I tore through it with the same excitement I had as a kid. And, not having to worry about breaking the binding on Doug's copy? Awesome!
By the way, The George Lucas Educational Foundation says: Archduke Franz Ferdinand shot first.
*I do grade pretty regularly, despite what my students and my personal expectations might tell you.