Writing satire is hard. Hard above and beyond writing other genres. Most "satires" written nowadays are in fact wish fulfillment fantasies, because it would never even trouble the people allegedly satirized; its real audience is the people who want to feel superior to the satirized.( Read more...Collapse )
And if you have been reading it, you want to catch up before you read this. Because the spoiler is enormous --
All the mystery about Dr. Bowman suddenly appears as misdirection, because finally we know his biggest secret. And in spite of learning of the existence of intelligent chimpazees, and their psychology -- why, there are so many more humans of such bad character that I doubt that anyone guessed that Dr. Bowman was not human.
Such wonderful, wonderful, wonderful set up and foreshadowing, and such an astounding reveal.
And he caps it all with the perfect punchline. "Somehow, you expected me to be taller." Which manages to underscore that we did have expectations, without realizing it, despite the way the comic talked at length about how little was known about Dr. Bowman. And be funny as well.
Such a wonderful comic!
Once upon a time there was a carpet merchant named Abdullah. His father being dead, his father's first wife's relatives frequently come to bother him about his life. He manages and weaves himself a fanciful daydream about really being a lost prince betrothed to a beautiful princess. Except one day, a man comes to him to sell a carpet. Rude though he is, his carpet is unquestionably magical -- it can, in the classic style, fly.
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