Michael Chabon wrote that the myth of the golem endures because it mirrors the creative act itself. While there are many legends about what makes a golem go, they usually involve a learned practitioner of faith, a lot of chanting, a lump of clay and a word. As Chabon puts it, it is not the act of breathing life into the lifeless that makes the story of the golem so interesting, but the element of danger in bringing something to life.
If the danger of creation intrigues you, then you might dig these books where men give life to clay.
I started reading comic books that I bought off the spinner racks in grocery stores in the 1980s. Back then, mini-series were going through a thing. They were important. The original Wolverine mini-series, for example, is what turned Logan from a berserk brute into a more nuanced character.
So here are six mini-series I bought back then that I'll never forget. In chronological order.
So Halloween is almost here.
Busy parents everywhere are scrambling for costumes for their kids and attempting to convince them that yes, they can totally wear that costume from last year, no one is going to remember (NO OMG THEY TOTALLY WILL MOM AND DAD!). And chances are if you waited this long, all that's going to be left are hundreds of Angry Birds outfits.
Luckily, for the literary minded, there are plenty of DIY solutions for the crafty costume maker. Below, I've rounded up some of my favorites from around the ol' Internet. Enjoy!
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