August 11, 2002

Jeff Jarvis, on the Anniver...

Jeff Jarvis, on the Anniversary: Good, moving points about grief, the addiction to living in Profound Times, and the uncertain role of writers. Jarvis worries that he's squandered his time -- I don't think you have, Jeff, and I think the "Post-Terror" synthesis/project you yearn for is actually right around the corner. Also, read that book that you fear is too funny. It's actually pretty sad and grim, in its way.

Posted by at August 11, 2002 05:15 PM

The high points in a crummy year were the discoveries of talented young writers on the west coast -- Matt, because he is clear-headed and sincere, and Ken Layne because he is terrifically irreverent and funny. Maybe, after September 11, 2002, Mr. Jarvis will be able to pick up Ken's book. It's painful to read of a man so hurt that he doesn't feel he deserves to laugh. Love upon him.

Posted by: Janis Gore at August 12, 2002 12:36 PM

That's really sweet, Janis, thanks a lot.

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 12, 2002 12:47 PM

As for me, I found that I needed more comedy in my life. I mean, what a bunch of gloom-and-doom people Al Qaeda are, always thinking about death and killing and destruction. And don't forget the humor-impaired Taliban... I say laugh in the faces of people like that. It drives them crazy. They would prefer to see us suffer and mope. I refuse.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 12, 2002 06:23 PM
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