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October 11, 2007

'Television is a medium that allows millions of people to laugh at the same joke and still be lonely' — T. S. Eliot

Fair enough — but since when was humor supposed to be an anodyne to loneliness?

All we ask of it is that it be funny.

Let's not make something out of nothing.

Of course, if we consistently followed that philosopy we'd never have emerged all these 13 billion years later from the Big Bang.

FunFact: James Joyce's pet name for Eliot was "Tears."

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I'd stick my neck on the block and say that loneliness -- in one form or another, to one degree or another -- is essential for humor. "No it is not! We're never lonely and all kinds of things are funny to us!", I hear the multitudes gainsaying. I know, I know, our experience of aloneness is not the same thing as loneliness. Well, it's a fine line, if you ask me. The rock-bottom absolute requirement for humor is pain. Any old kind of pain. (As long as it's someone else's.) Pain and loneliness are peas & carrots, beer & pretzels. Gingerbread & whipped cream. Bagels & cream cheese...honeydew with a squirt of fresh lime...strawberries & chocolate...ribs & fries...red beans & rice...clam chowder & oyster crackers... God I'm hungry.

Why are we all sitting around talking? Let's eat.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 11, 2007 1:16:16 PM

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