Does God Have a Sense of Humour?

By |2014-02-06T09:09:17-05:00January 25th, 2014|Tags: |

Does God jest, and does He enjoy the joke? Do the angels and saints hear chuckles booming through the firmament and know that He’s amused again? If so, what tickles His fancy? The issue is more complex than it appears, so as a reward I’ll share the best joke in the world. It could [...]

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

By |2013-12-06T06:05:35-05:00December 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh is tasteless, irreverent, perverse, and merciless. These qualities, however, are the source of a strange sanity because they are the means by which we can all have a good laugh. Not only is it quite alright to take things lightly, it is a good habit. It is even [...]

The Comedian vs. The Smart Phone

By |2014-01-22T12:27:01-05:00October 10th, 2013|Tags: |

The reason Socrates banished laughter or comedy from the poetry of the just city is that comedians, at their best, remind us of what we all know: there is an inexpressible sadness just beneath the surface of all our happy talk, and that means there are limits to how much any of us can [...]

Snakes & Ninjas: UK Insanity Round Up

By |2014-01-23T11:44:09-05:00September 19th, 2013|Tags: , |

There’s a point to this, but wait for it. Meanwhile, it’s all true and includes a morbidly obese ninja. Newspapers were agog over a Welsh matron staggering home across the village green after a long night in the pub, when she was bitten by a ten-foot python. She thought she’d been stung by nettles [...]