January 20th, 2005

Jeff_Annie_Remedial Chaos Theory

Molly Ivins on Humor/Moment of Triumph on American and Religion

I love Molly. She has a pretty good article here on the art of humor and humorous storytelling that's very much worth the read.

January 18, 2005

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Tough gig here. A weekend in Key West holding forth on the subject of humor with a lot of funny people. A pundit's work is never done.

Actually, being earnest about humor is deadly -- if you have to explain a joke, you kill it. Fortunately, the participants in the Key West Literary Seminar did little analysis and a lot of rock 'n' roll. Garry Trudeau, creator of "Doonesbury," is also a comic essayist on occasion and was once inspired by Real Life to write the results of an interview of Madonna conducted by a Hungarian journalist. He asked questions in Hungarian, she replied in English, then it was all translated into Hungarian and then re-translated back into English.

Q: Let us cut towards the hunt: Are you a bold hussy woman that feasts on men who are tops?

A: I am working like a canine all the way around the clock.

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Right. Back to work.

Have I mentioned that I want a Making Fiends icon to go with my Big Bunny icon? I so deserpately do.

Moment of Triumph has an excellent article on the use of God as a Puppet in Politics and to Control the Populace that is a long read, but one that is well worth your time.

A sample quote:

Demonizing sexual desire is like tying cans to a dog's tail. The poor thing will never escape the terrifying noise, and its every attempt to escape your torture will be punished. This is why it's so devilishly ingenious to turn people's lust into a Bad Thing. We all have sexual desire, we'll never escape it. Turn it into something dirty and you are one crafty psychological terrorist. Linking lust to the torments of hell gives you all the psychological trauma of sexual assault with none of that messy criminal liability!

To and read.
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