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Category: Funny

The Process

Then Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Drop shadow notwithstanding, this is an amazing diagram.

Middlesex

Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.”

—Jeffrey Eugenides

A Confederacy of Dunces

Veneration of Mark Twain is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate.

—John Kennedy Toole