Praise be to Aristophanes

“And while you laugh, your surmount life’s contradictions, take flight even as the joke-proof all around you wonder what’s so funny.”

– Benjamin Taylor, writing about Philip Roth’s character, Philip Roth, in 1993’s “Operation Shylock.”

It’s one of the best moves on the board and a real ace for any writer trying to navigate these times. Leave the dead-serious sociology textbook dreck at the door and find what makes you laugh. Chances are, you’ll do a hell of a lot more good in this world.

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