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Why I read joculum

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"...regardless of the social surroundings, sooner or later, one feels as an outside observer that the natives are shaking their bone rattles emphatically and shouting “Ooga! Ooga!” as in the old racist cartoons, each of the hipsters or lawyers or curators inordinately proud of how their style and their way of thinking is so infinitely superior to the other guys’ style and way of thinking.

And one is inevitably pondering, “Okay, okay, so the bone rattle is really necessary here, even if the decoration on the side is superfluous…or is it the decoration that makes it all work, so that the fact that the other folks use wood and dispense with the rattling noise doesn’t matter? And will any two-syllable exclamation work, or is it necessary to use a certain set of vowels and consonants? Because something real is going on here socially and psychologically, but it isn’t what the participants think. And it isn’t what I think, because right now I don’t think anything except that I don’t quite know why this sort of works and sort of doesn’t work.”

And the participants think nothing except, “Damn, that guy is weird.” And of course they are right."


I feel that way all the time.

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