Laughter and the Agelasts in Rabelais

What a post title that is! Writing about Rabelais and Gargantua and Pantagruel reminds me of the foolish errand of the men who try to scientifically parse what makes something funny. That is like determining the materials used to paint the Mona Lisa by seeing how fast it burns.   Rabelais is, or at least was, … Continue reading

Closing Thoughts on If on a winters night a traveler

There is a classic children’s picture book called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. The book is made up of a handful of haunting images with a title and a single line from a story. The idea was to encourage young readers to imagine — or write — the rest of the … Continue reading