The Latest in Superhero Stories

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Michael Chabon knows how to turn a phrase. Complex language is part of what makes his work so idiosyncratically his and his veteran wordsmith tendencies are widely applicable and translatable over different mediums (he’s co-writing an HBO series with his wife, Ayelet Waldman).

Yesterday was the release date for his children’s book, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, which he wrote for his youngest son during his kindergarten years. It’s a superhero story, full of words that are satisfying to say out loud, like “sklurp” and “screech.” He’s bringing back the eternal questions that superhero stories and growing up often raise—what do you do with physical strength? Hopefully Awesome Man can answer that for all of us.

(via @ElectricLit)


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