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Wednesday, October 24, 2021

a mirror darkly
For forever now, I’ve wanted to blog-transcribe my favorite passage from my favorite graphic novel, Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”.

Since I’m reminded that today would have been the 92nd birthday of the Caped Crusader’s creator, Bob Kane, this seems like as good a time as any:

Batman: …Harvey…

Harvey Dent/Two-Face: …What are you so mad about, Bats? I’ve… been a sport… You have to admit that — I played along. And you… you took your joke about as far as it could go…

Harvey Dent/Two-Face: …Got the whole world to smile at me… Got them all to keep their lunches down when they saw my… my face… Saying I was cured… Saying I was fixed…

Batman/Narrative: [The scars go deep, too deep…]

Harvey Dent/Two-Face: Take a look… Have your laugh. I’m fixed all right. At least… both sides match…

Batman/Narrative: [I close my eyes and listen. Not fooled by sight, I see him…]

Harvey Dent/Two-Face: Have your laugh, Batman — Take a look!

Batman/Narrative: […As he is.]

Harvey Dent/Two-Face: (softly) …Take a look…

Batman/Narrative: [I see him. I see…]

Batman: …I see… A reflection, Harvey.

Batman: A reflection.

Even more powerful with the pictures that go along with those words. I’ve often read just the first issue/chapter of “Dark Knight Returns”, because that closing scene is so succinct in depicting the core characterization of duality that informs the rest of the book.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/24/2007 11:56:12 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing
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Fellow Traveler: I met her outside Lucky Cheng’s. She was having her smoke break.
Me: Lucky Cheng’s? You’re sure she was a “she”?
FT: Yeah yeah, no question. Asian, hot.
Me: Okay, if you say so.
FT: I started talking to her, asked her what she was doing after work. She was interested, definitely interested.
Me: Good.
FT: Then, I said to her, “Just so you know up front: I’m just divorced, and I don’t have a dime to my name.” And just like that, like a switch, she shut down. It was over.
Me: Uh…?
FT: So that’s a sure-fire way to turn them off, just tell them you’re broke.
Me: A stage dancer at Lucky Cheng’s? Probably not representative of the general woman population.
FT: I just know that now, I know how to keep them away.
Me: I think you’re mis-directing your energy. No one’s looking for extra ways to repel the ladies. It’s not like I’m lacking in ways to get shot down!
FT: I’m just sayin’.
Me: Well, thanks for that advice…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/24/2007 11:04:15 PM
Category: Comedy, New Yorkin', Women
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