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Friday, March 06, 2009

Watchmen and Beyond

The buzz this week is the opening of the film “Watchmen” based on the graphic novel series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set in an alternate 1980s America where costumed heroes are commonplace, the story revolves around a team of retired vigilantes who discover a plot to discredit and destroy every superhero.

Moore is also responsible for well-known graphic novels such as V Is for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He is known for including literary sensibilities influenced by such post-modernist writers as the experimental, controversial and challenging William S. Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon. If you would like to try these two writers, here are some of their works:

William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

Word Virus: the William S. Burroughs Reader

Thomas Pynchon

Gravity’s Rainbow

Mason & Dixon


Both these writers are an acquired taste. If you are a fan, let us know why.

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