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Sunday, December 12, 2010

What Inadvertent Self-Knowledge Looks Like

From Republican party reptile P. J. O'Rourke's remembrance of Doug Kenney in Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz:

Doug was not primarily funny. Doug was primarily smart. And there's such a thing as being too damn smart. in order to make sense of life, it's necessary to be oblivious to a lot of things or to ignore them or to twist them around so they fit with your perceptions of everything else. Doug was unable to do this. He saw too vividly and understood too acutely everything that happened around him, everything that happened to him, and everything that he had caused to happen. Existence is grotesque. Doug had no blind eye to turn on it. This made his life uncomfortable at best and sometimes an agony...As to what else I remember about Doug, mostly I remember the kind things he did for people... And the kindest thing he ever did for me was to make me happy to be not too damn smart.

1 comment:

Dan Coyle said...

That's the thing, though: Peej IS too damn smart, and he always will be, which is why the ghosts will never go away for him. So he has to say shit like that, even though he can't possibly believe it, to keep from cracking.

Or maybe I say that to myself to keep from tracking O'Rourke down and killing him with my bare hands.