G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Monday, May 02, 2011

If only Cartoons were Drones and Laughs were Bullets...

The New York Times May 2 2011: President Obama said that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a firefight during a "targeted operation" Mr. Obama ordered in Pakistan.

Mike Luckovich has drawn most laughs out of me at the cost of Osama bin Laden. He takes the Mickey out of Mr. Laden just by the way he draws him.

[p.s. To "take the Mickey (out of someone)" means to take the fight, the vigor, the gravity, the self-importance out of them, by mocking them, usually in a very subtle way.]

I don't know if Mr. Laden followed Luckovich or had any sense of humour.

Here is a small selection.

Needless to say it's as much comment on Mr. Laden as it is on America.

caption: Laden : I brought chaos and destruction to New York's financial district...His lackey: I hear you get bonus for that...


caption: Laden: Here's my plan for destroying America: we sneak in and marry each other...



caption: Laden: I couldn't carry on my sports drink but this is one of those Dell notebooks with an exploding battery.