‘A great movement [is] now underway – the growth in the power of women,’ wrote William Moulton Marston to his editor in February 1941, submitting his first Wonder Woman script. ‘Let that theme alone or drop the project.’ His editor let it alone. Wonder Woman went on to be the most popular superhero after Superman and Batman, reaching millions of readers. She was in the right place at the right time: Superman appeared on the scene in 1938, Batman in May 1939. The exploits of these superheroes were devoured by American children.
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'"Dutch Light" roots its subject in his local environment, explaining, for example, how an abundance of sand for making glass led naturally to a thriving business in optical instruments in Holland.'
Patricia Fara on the life & work of Christiaan Huygens.
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'We may not be able to shield ourselves from irrational passions such as hatred, anger, envy, mockery and pride, or from the buffetings of circumstance, but we can rise above them by obtaining insight into their nature and their causes.'