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From last week’s Nightwing #140:

As Dick Grayson views through maps of Manhattan at the library, a librarian approaches…

Deborah: “I see you’re looking at Washington Heights. Very different from the rest of the city. Almost like you’re not in Manhattan anymore.”
Dick Grayson: “Go there a lot?”
Deborah: “My brother lives there with his family, works as a real estate agent. Keeps trying to get me to move up his way so he can have a cheap babysitter on standby.”
Dick Grayson: “Not a bad thing to have family close.”
Deborah: “I agree, but I’m a downtown girl. Always have been, always will be.”
Dick Grayson: “The village?”
Deborah: “Positively. East Fourth Street.”

I love you, Peter Tomasi.

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23 Comments

Bob Dylan reference

I didn’t get it either. Thanks for the clue, Andrew.

You’re weird, Dread Lord and Master. You’re like, what, 22? Stop loving the Mumbly-Mouthed One so much!

(Although I did see Dylan in concert once, and despite not understanding ONE word he said, he ripped it up, I must say.)

Maybe I’m just a downer in general, but I first thought this was a subtle AIDS reference.

Maybe I’m just a downer in general, but I first thought this was a subtle AIDS reference.

Wow – that really WOULD be a downer.

La la la, DEPRESSING AIDS REFERENCE, la la la…

ou’re weird, Dread Lord and Master. You’re like, what, 22? Stop loving the Mumbly-Mouthed One so much!

I am a closer to your ancient years than I am to 22! :)

And Dylan rules!

Nothing creepy about a female librarian referencing a (superb) song that contains the verse,

You know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it

I’m quite sure that was unintentional, mind. Still…

That’s actually one of my least favorite Dylan songs. It’s just him whining the whole time, in a really nasal voice.

“That’s actually one of my least favorite Dylan songs. It’s just him whining the whole time, in a really nasal voice.”

That doesn’t narrow it down a whole lot – that’s like saying you like that one Kelly Clarkson song where she screams halfway through. LOL

But if it had been Peter *David*, you’d be cringing, right?

Yeah, I loved that reference. That’s actually one of my *favorite* Dylan songs. Maybe my favorite bitter-about-my-ex song ever.

So full of great lines – “You know as well as me you’d rather see me paralyzed.” “I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes/You’d know what a drag it is to see you.” Heh. Awesome.

But if it had been Peter *David*, you’d be cringing, right?

All Dylan references are welcome!

I still fondly recall Doug Moench’s reference from a late 90s Catwoman issue – “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothin’ to lose.”

That doesn’t narrow it down a whole lot

Actually, Dylan doesn’t have a lot of complaining songs.

And he’s specifically apologized for one of them, “Ballad in Plain D”!

It obviously wasn’t an AIDS reference. Judd Winick left the book a while ago. :)

You got a lot of nerve, Nightwing, when you say you are my friend.

Didn’t he used to be among the crowd he’s in with?

Note that it was “Positively. East Fourth Street.”

So it was a *little* more subtle.

“And he’s specifically apologized for one of them, “Ballad in Plain D”!”

He apologized for that?

Jeez, that’s one of the saddest songs he ever wrote. No need to apologize.

Well, maybe if he said, “I’m sorry it’s so long.”

Note that it was “Positively. East Fourth Street.”

So it was a *little* more subtle.

D’oh!

Fixed now! The Dylan reference must have been blinding. ;)

He apologized for that?

Jeez, that’s one of the saddest songs he ever wrote. No need to apologize.

Well, maybe if he said, “I’m sorry it’s so long.”

The whole song is him ripping on his ex-girlfriend’s sister, and it was an unfair ripping, as the sister was basically totally right in what she was doing. That’s something that 24 year old Bob Dylan couldn’t realize, but as he gained perspective with aging, he realized that she was totally right in her actions, so he felt bad that he had a whole song designed just to rip a good person.

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