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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Laughter and Terror

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
The Patriotic De-Fattening Machine,” a cartoon from the French Revolution, circa 1790.
One of the many cartoons published in homage to the cartoonists and journalists assassinated on Wednesday in the office of Charlie Hebdo showed a gravestone with the inscription “Died of Laughter.” No one is laughing these days in Paris. In fact, the massacre raises questions about laughter itself./.../

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