Wednesday, October 5, 2016
"Hilarious" Authors in Focus
Over and over and over and over again, and again, book reviewers tell us such-and-such a title by Author Whoever is "hilarious." Over and over. Apparently the world is crawling with hilarious writers. I'm weary of it. I'm weary of reading this adjective over and over and over again. As even the stone-cold dead-serious-stupid know, humor is a primary means by which depressives cope with their intolerable lives. So the next time you read a puff-quote about an author's "hilarity," remember--often, they're miserable people. So you are not required to feel inadequate when comparing yourself to them, as you will unavoidably do, saying to yourself, "Where's the hilarity in my writing? Where's the hilarity in my life?" Hilarity has an underside, and you can live without it.