my secret

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!

1 thought on “my secret”

  1. Thanks for pointing out the new Bates – he was a favourite prof of mine at university: a very thoughtful and thought provoking man, and a wonderful teacher. I will definitely get it and look forward to your thoughts once you’re done.

    Also, just to let you know that just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean I haven’t done the reading for your challenge! I WILL get to it all soon – having a new baby in the house is proving a little time-consuming!

    P.S. We all need Spider-Man!

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