diet coke for breakfast

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Posted by Jake
Dave Barry - Elegy for the humorist. By Bryan Curtis

Weingarten suggests, tantalizingly, that Barry is something of a great brain—a strange thing to say about a man who enjoys covering exploding livestock. "Dave had astonishingly high SAT scores," says Weingarten. "His humor is informed by an astounding intellect." One week, when Tropic converted itself into a kind of Devil's Dictionary, Weingarten instructed Barry to come up with a definition for "sense of humor." Barry disappeared from the office for a few days. He came back with this: "A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge." Then he promptly went back to writing about exploding livestock.

This article advocates having Dave Barry take Bill Safire's spot at the NYT. Sounds like an even better idea.


Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?