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Mar 19, 2007 9:42 am

Why Left and Right Misread "300"

Neal Stephenson had a great op-ed column in Sunday’s NYT (no reg required, apparently) on why most people, left and right, get 300 wrong, and why geeks rule. Worth a read. I have noticed that even libertarian opinion varies on Frank Miller. I think The Dark Knight Returns touches on many themes that are liberty-friendly, and the Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington series are explicitly libertarian. But YMMV I guess. I'll be open to further discussion of this after I've had a chance to see 300 myself, which I'll do Friday if I get enough writing done before that.
On a related note, the Comics Reporter had a great line when weighing in on various opinions about 300: “for those of us of a certain age it's hard to get past the fact that we live in a world where the success of Frank Miller movies are a topic in the first place. It's like having to discuss Vice-President Gygax.” Best. Analogy. Evar.

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Aeon J. Skoble - 3/21/2007

Glad you thought so! By the way, of the Prometheus Award nominees you note in your post: say I only had time to read one of them, which should it be?

Amy H. Sturgis - 3/21/2007

I'm glad you recommended it.