Wednesday, January 30, 2008

casinos: america's apology

"on all my college applications i checked 'other' when they asked my ethnicity."
she laughs, butterfly eyelashes wide.
"whatever, i'm one/fourth armenian, that counts."
only in america do we identify ourselves by other countries.
"hell yeah it counts! and they were persecuted."
"armenian genocide, dude."
"were you the one i was talking to about armenians?"
"no," i scoop up the last bits of hummus on my plate with a tahini drenched pita.
"my friend and i were talking about how, like, what if the armenians were aloud to go into
turkey and set up casinos?"
"kind of like reparations?" 
"yeah, or like the jews setting up a morongo in germany?"
"casinos: the ultimate apology."
"totally."
we laugh at things that are not funny, but i read somewhere once that comedy and tragedy were almost the same thing.
i try to find that quote and come up with two different ones, one old and one new to me. 
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die," by the great Mel Brooks. 
That sounds about right.
But what strikes me is the quote above Mel's.
"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."
Horace Walpole 1717-1797.
I search wikepedia in shame. i know this is not a reliable source, but it is easy and i am not writing a term paper.
afterwards the only thing i can really remember is that he lived to be 79 years old in the 1700's and that his sexual orientation was always in speculation.
has the whole world turned into tmz.com or is it because of the world that we have tmz.com?
define tragedy. define comedy.
i am looking forward to finding my own quote.
Perhaps, tragedy is reserved for the perspective of youth and comedy can only be attained by age.
either way, tmz blows.



1 comment:

carmen said...

comedy and tragedy are the same - depending on your hormonal balance at the time of perception.