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The arrival of heroes of the democrats

For the first time, I think, movies with superheroes look at the problems of the low class. Scott Lang, who turns theft into a heroic destiny, has black & Hispanic friends, it seems, only because he went to prison, which he only did because he broke the […]

Daredevil i.3

A note on the dangers of order & knowledge

It’s remarkable that so many of the villains & their victims are immigrants. Hell’s kitchen is not entirely American. These people might not tell you they hold it a self-evident truth that all men are created equal, & endowed with rights. Before that comes the […]

Daredevil i.2

A note on the possibility of doing good

The good is something we learn about in whispers. It is tied up with our hopes, & we have learned not to dare to hope. It has nothing of the brilliance of success. Murdock starts anew in a dumpster. He’s so stupid that he never thought […]

Daredevil i.1

On the ugliness of justice

Matt Murdock seems to have turned into Daredevil by accident. He was not in search of a cause, nor was he in search of an enemy. The things he ends up doing have very little in common with the things he started doing. He is not a man who […]

Breaking news

The spectacle of justice & the common good

This is a story about the difficulties the police must face when claims to self-government are complicated by the sense of control & responsibility created by modern media. We think we know what is going on because we see images of people on television. Fellow-feeling & […]

Turn left, turn right

A story about the openness of the soul in love

This is a story about the dangers that attend those who believe they are fated to love each other. Two musical youths meet by accident–one helps the other–& in the course of their getting to know each other they realize they had known each […]

Mr. Blandings builds his dream house

On the possibility of grounding domestic happiness in a restless society

A successful man in advertising learns from his wife that their apartment needs redesigning–there are all sorts of practical troubles, & then there is this designer from that party who had these nice ideas. The man will hear nothing of it–there’s nothing wrong […]

Dream wife

On the possibility of acquiring beauty

A successful man looking for a happy marriage to protect him somewhat from the restlessness of American life finds out his comparably successful intended has no interest in making a home for him: She has made a home in the sophisticated work of diplomacy. Feminine virtues are of […]

Every girl should be married

On modern woman’s hard-bought loneliness

This is post-war America, with people returning to their domestic concerns. Young Anabel is complaining that only men get to ask women out, which makes it very difficult for a woman in a hurry to get married. If women are becoming citified, they cannot long endure this situation–living in […]