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“I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. … These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.”

Alan Moore: ‘Why shouldn’t you have a bit of fun while dealing with the deepest issues of the mind?’ — www.theguardian.com — Readability

“Bogdanović regarded cities as people, believing that each city had its own soul for which legibility and historical layering is important. He believed that when a city ceased to be legible, it was questionably no longer a real city, leading to its eventual actual demise.”

Mortal Cities and Forgotten Monuments — Failed Architecture

“Being polite is important. Talking to people with compassion and respect is important. Not being an asshole is important. But none of those things actually helps change the structural inequality and injustice that actually hurt people, and they don’t represent a long-term plan for helping people secure their own well-being. The goal isn’t for everyone to be nice, but to empower people so that the people who aren’t nice no longer matter.”

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“By the 90s, the coffee shop politics of American liberalism had become a kind of empty insistence on mutual grooviness, with your typical liberal more likely to complain about anti-globalization protesters than to praise them. The fact that people are using the word “intersectionality” to complain about language doesn’t make them radicals. At its heart, Suey Park-style engagement is AIDS quilt politics, all symbolism, all the time.”

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