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Tragedy vs. Comedy

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Okay, this is an odd topic, but I have to see if anyone else relates.

 

I was a teenager when Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys died. When I heard the news, I laughed because he drowned. I guess it seemed ironic at the time.

 

Years later, when I listened to Lindsey Buckingham's D.W. Suite, which was dedicated to his friend Dennis Wilson, I felt his pain and realized that this was actually tragic and not so funny. (BTW, this is an excellent piece. I recommend getting ahold of the Go Insane CD if you can. There's a place where he breaks into the line "pray for guidance from above / shine out all your hopes with love / never never learn to doubt". One of the greatest lyrics ever from an impact perspective.)

 

So, have you ever had a "is this funny or tragic?" moment?

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So, have you ever had a "is this funny or tragic?" moment?

 

Why the false dichotomy? Moments can easily be both, and in fact emotions are almost always blended and present in various degrees. I have had many moments of simultaneous narcissism/altruism, satisfaction/sorrow, love/hate, etc.

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Generally, GLaDOS is right - Comedy = tragedy + time. However, as we all know, life is not always simple and straightforward like that.. so there are lots of exceptions. Sometimes, as you mentioned, it's even completely inverted.

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The first half of Full Metal Jacket is the sort of thing you shouldn't laugh at, but most people do anyway.

 

I remember some kids laughing when we heard about 9/11. Just a coping mechanism (or 7th grade immaturity), I suppose.

 

Elvis dying while taking a crap is both sickeningly funny and amazingly depressing, depending on how you look at it. Absurdity...but which direction do you take it in?

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On a related note, I'm always impressed when an actor playing an emotionally conflicted or purely insane character manages to sound like he's crying and laughing at the same time. :)

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On a related note, I'm always impressed when an actor playing an emotionally conflicted or purely insane character manages to sound like he's crying and laughing at the same time. :)

 

Forcing to cry is hard enough, but laughing too? I guess you have to really be born a psycho to really be able to pull that off convincingly.

 

For me, nothing beats some good ol' dark humour! :D

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I don't like the way we left Erasure behind.....

 

"Oooooo, why is life so precious and so cruel?"

 

Hey, little wise man...you've got the sweetest notion.

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...examples?

 

Brad Dourif's performance in the third Myst game immediately came to mind. :)

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We bought a new bed three days ago. My wife left yesterday for a short trip and our daughters came to sleep with me last night. In the morning, I noticed that the younger one had brought a green marker with her to bed for some reason, and without a cap, of course. The ink was on three sheets and it had soaked all the way through to the new white mattress underneath. Tragicomical.

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One time, my dad brought home a SAP (the software corporation) pen home that somehow got into our sheets, and my mom joked around about how the pen "sapped" them. ;)

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It's precious and cruel how these threads degenerate (or evolve, depending on how you look at it.)

 

I cannot count the shirts and pants that I have ruined due to broken pens. And still I carry a pen in my pocket.

 

Need a new mattress set -- thinking about temperpedic....

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Dave, Before you invest in a bed, try one out. I used to prefer a name-brand pocket-coil firm mattress. We bought a memory-foam mattress knock-off of the temperpedic for a lot less. Love it better than the pocket-coil we used for 15 years. However, another couple we know also had one, but didn't like it because for them it was too warm (traps body heat).

ian

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