"Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary" David Sedaris ill. Ian Falconer
Let me start like this: there are many many books that are branded as a satire by critics who seek people to lure into buing the titles they recommend (I guess they get payed better if they do).
Some of those are awful satires, but great books (like for example "Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story" by Leonie Swann, and "Each day a small victory" by Chips Hardy not as much but also good), and some of them are great satires and horrible books.
"Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" is a top notch satire.
I personally hate (and it's not too strong of a word) satires.
I love life and I like humans, and after reading a good satire I feel like puking.
It takes all the horrible, disgusting and skin-deep issues in people behaviour and presents them in the most cruel way - the more cruel the better.
It also calls itself witty or smart as if it was some kind of accomplishment.
Sure: it's always easier and funnier to mock others than to write something that would actually help them become better and encourage them to do so... And it's more popular among certain kind of frustrated intellectuals so the money and the honours will keep on coming.
Seriously what good will satire do? That some people will realize they're worthless (even if they're not for there is no such a thing as a worthless human, and all those silly quirks even though they may seem cruel and stupid usually come from the right place and just got misdirected)? That some will feel so much better about themselves because their failures as a human being weren't mocked this time (because the writer was of a certain political appurtenance, or religion)? Will the mockery really change anybodys' way of life? Please...
Satire is bullying. It's vicious. It's sneaky, and it makes me nauseaus... You want to be witty - well good job. But if You want to prove wise and make some real art go do some real change and start with having a conversation with a person when You'll be realy hearing them, not just looking for a new material to make jokes ...
As if having a degree would entitle to becme a p***k - it makes me feel ashamed I went through university...
· Thu Mar 28, 2013 @ 06:03am · 0 Comments