Geometry of Satire

“…We throw objects from one cage into another, and if we demonstrate that what seemed to be a Pegasus becomes a peccary when we throw it into a different cage, people call us humorists. And if during the operation we destroy the cage itself, they call us satirists.  But we are humorists or satirists despite ourselves. If you want to be a satirist don’t try to be a satirist. Try to look for the truth. In fact if we look for the truth, we almost automatically become a satirist. For satire is in the world, and not in us satirists.”

—Stefan Themerson (translation by Barbara Wright)
Geometry of Satire and Non Sequitur
Obscure Publications (2009)

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