February 23rd, 2004

NYT: Will Eisner draws a rebuttal
Will Eisner is tackling the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It’s in its inking phase, now. I’m really looking forward to this; while I haven’t had much direct exposure to Mr. Eisner’s work (soon, soon!), his fingerprints are everywhere in contemporary comics–and besides, he pretty much invented the “graphic novel.”

Years ago, I read Norman Cohn’s Warrant For Genocide* , a 1970 excavation of the origins and fabrications of the ridiculous story–an interesting, if horrifying, example of how fiction can overtake truth. I highly reccomend Mr. Cohn’s “The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages” and “Europe’s Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired By the Great Witch-Hunt.”

*an interesting & detailed review/synopsis, that wants to take it as a lesson for mistrust of the New World Order.

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