I always keep a book to read at the office when I need a break. Right now it’s Robert Bates’ new book, When Things Fell Apart: State Failure in Late-Century Africa.
BUT hidden under a pile of papers is the other book: Marvel Comics’ Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1. The first Spider-Man comics ever, filled with nuclear radiation and sprinkled with Cold War terror. Best line ever, from The Vulture:
Your flippancy is wasted on me, spider-man! you’re just whistling in the dark! i know an icy fear must be gripping your heart right now!