Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Jewish Narnia Is Called Marvel Comics | ATTACKERMAN

Jewish Narnia Is Called Marvel Comics | ATTACKERMAN: "I will never ever read a publication called the Jewish Review of Books on the general principal that there are too many subsidies for circumsized middlebrow conservative philistines, and this Michael Weingrad essay is a perfect example of why I’m not updating my RSS reader:

[W]hy don’t Jews write more fantasy literature? And a different, deeper but related question: why are there no works of modern fantasy that are profoundly Jewish in the way that, say, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Christian? Why no Jewish Lewises, and why no Jewish Narnias?

His name is Michael Chabon, you fool. Or Jonathan Lethem. Or, as my friend Sam Goldman insightfully observes, perhaps you ought to pick up a superhero comic. Practically every iconic superhero was created by Jews. Wrap your mind around two Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creating an invincible hero called Superman in 1932."


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