Monday, June 23, 2008

The wit that launched a billion brain droppings

Humour has always been the great leveller. No one should appreciate that more than the true believers who maintain a blog. You don't need to be told that few lived it better than George Carlin, dead at 71.

("Baseball and Football" is appropriate since this is site about sports, ostensibly.)

He was the water bearer for so, so many of us who found it so hard to go along to get along. The media obits that are circulating throughout the world today will probably focus on Carlin's craftmanship as a comic and the quote, unquote boundary-pushing, the Seven Dirty Words and all that. One wire-service obit makes absolutely no mention of his humour that was aimed at American politicians, even though a big part of what seemed to make him tick was being able to channel his outrage: "The owners of this country know the truth: It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

The body isn't even cold yet and the rewriting of his work has already begun.

George Carlin: American Radical (John Nichols, The Nation)

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