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, April 11, 2016

William Hamilton 1939-2016...Hope He Was the Victim of Comedy!

I learned about Mr. Hamilton's death reading Robert Mankoff''s The New Yorker article dated April 10 2016.

Mr. Hamilton has appeared on this blog five times: first on March 14 2007 and the latest on January 16 2016.

He was not just very good but he always gave me the impression, because of his drawing style,  that he was born in 19th century- illustrated Charles Dickens/ Leo Tolstoy, witnessed two wars and rise of capitalism/consumerism- and hence he had that kind of wisdom.

Read some of his captions to feel the punch they carried:

"Oh, well. Better to be the victim of comedy than  tragedy"

"She's all surgery and he's all pharmacy"- Does not this describe many pairs in our media driven world?


"How are the human rights on these?"- Talking political correctness all the time has been the mantra of our age


Artist : William Hamilton Publication: The New Yorker,  January 31 1994
Artist : William Hamilton, The New Yorker, March 10  1980



Artist: William Hamilton, The New Yorker, May 15, 2000  

Artist: William Hamilton, The New YorkerFebruary 8 1969 
Artist: William Hamilton, The New Yorker, December 9 1996 
 

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