The Humor Come-Down


29 April 2012

Classes ended last Thursday, a week full of evening events, and now… it’s taking some time to “come down.”  Shifting gears from teaching to writing — from teaching to anything — requires some brain-clearing, and I wish it was faster, but it just ain’t.  Believe me, if sex/drugs/rocknroll worked in this regard, I’d be all in.  But alas… Yesterday was shell-shock (manifest in over-eating and a TV marathon, ugh).  Today, a good long walk, some gardening, and — what seems to work  best of all — laughter.

I am speaking of the White House Correspondents’ dinner, which took place last night.  If you know me, you know that I am in love with the President, and especially his comedic talents.  (It’s all in the delivery, as they say; the President makes jokes work that could easily crash and burn.)  Jimmy Kimmell  was damn good as well: I don’t know if it’s his style or if he was nervous, but he blew threw joke after joke, barely noticing how they were received, which I found pretty effective. Laugh with me, friends.  It’s good for the soul, good for the mind, good for art.

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