Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, and John Higgins. The Killing Joke. Batman created by Bob Kane. (DC Comics, 1988.)19


Alan Nevins and Henry Steele Commager. With Jeffrey Morris. A Pocket History of the United States. (Pocket Books, 1942/1992.)


Paul Newman. In The Color of Money, Cool Hand Luke, Hombre, Hud, The Hustler, Nobody’s Fool, Slapshot, etc. etc. etc.


Nirvana. “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” On Nevermind. (DGC, 1991.)20


The O’Jays. “For the Love of Money.” On The O’Jays Greatest Hits. (CBS, 1974/1989)21


Guy Peellaert and Nik Cohn. Rock Dreams. (R&B, 1973/1982.)


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me.)” On Hard Promises. (MCA, 1981.)


Prince. “Let’s Go Crazy.” On Purple Rain. (Warner Brothers, 1984.)



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19 A) The Joker: “So why can’t you see the funny side? Why aren’t you laughing?” B) I bought this in 1989 at a comic-book collector’s store in Uptown Minneapolis. The clerk sternly warned me that it wasn’t a first edition of the book. I didn’t care - I just wanted to read a Batman vs. Joker story.


20 “a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial”


21 I worked for years at a construction company that would stab you in the back to distract you from all the budget cuts. I quit in January of 1996. In the summer of 1997, they called me and asked me to come back. I tried not to laugh, politely said no thanks, then immediately called my good friend Turk - who had also worked at said company for years. He laughed. I said that although the company had promised all kinds of money to return, the O’Jays had once warned us to not let the money fool ya. Turk pointed out that the O’Jays also sang “Back Stabbers.”