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Infinite jest

Witness the comedy of man, ruled by his inborn passions

By PJ O'Rourke   November 2011

Enrique Chagoya’s The Head Ache (2010), on Obama’s struggle over health reform

Take it from one who attempts to amuse for a living: deep thinking and being funny are antithetical activities. Laughing at something is a sloppy reflex, while understanding something is such a disciplined task that—as you’ll note if you’ve been following politics, finance or the climate change debate—nobody does it. Therefore it was a surprise to find profundity in an exhibit of ridiculous drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

“Infinite Jest—Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine” is on display until 4th…

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