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Tag Archive 'Twilight of the Superheroes'

Once Upon a Time

It is amazing when things that happen in your life, things you discuss, things you read, or things you learn seem to connect perfectly with each other. After reading Twilight of the Superheroes by Eisenberg, for instance, I was immediately able to relate it to an experience I’d just had–a reading experience. I recently read a […]

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Passive Reflection

Throughout much of Deborah Eisenberg’s “Twilight of the Superheroes,” one of the main characters, Nathaniel, is working on a superhero of his own. Nathaniel’s superhero “Passivityman” has an unconventional choice of superpowers and seems to be more or less a reflection of Nathaniel than anything supernatural. Passivityman and Nathaniel share similar attitudes toward their lives and the world. […]

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Feelings in Humans and Animals

Do dogs have to fight sadness as tirelessly as humans do? They seem less involved with retrospect, less involved in dread and anticipation. Animals other than humans appear to be having a more profound experience of the present. But who’s to say? Clearly their feelings are intense, and maybe grief and anxiety darken all their days. Maybe that’s […]

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The Next Target

Their three elder sons, Nathaniel’s brothers, fulfilled Rose and Isaac’s deepest hopes by turning out to be blindingly inconspicous. The boys were so reliable and had so few characterestics it was hard to imagine what anyone could think up to kill them for. They were Jewish, of course, but even Rose and Isaac understood that […]

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Nice Costume

Reading Deborah Eisenberg’s “Twilight of the Superheroes,” I initially considered the story’s title to be a reference to the general crumbling of the idealistic concept of superheroes in the wake of 9/11.  As I became better acquainted with the characters in the story, however, and when the title became a subject of class discussion, it […]

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Stating the Obvious?

Deborah Eisenburg’s “Twilight of the Superheros” touches on various aspects of life, particularly life before and after 9/11. I want to take a look at the very beginning of the story. The relevancy and purpose of the content on the first three pages was in question during the round-table discussion. The passage highlights the anticipation, […]

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Twilight of the Superheroes

I was struck by Eisenberg’s implication that the 9/11 attack is equivalent to other catastrophes that have historically brought down powerful empires. In the scene on page 40 where Lucien recalls his school days with Miss Mueller, he is aware that the Roman empire is represented not only by statues, buildings, and legacies such as […]

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