In defense of absurdism

On The Far Side, the benefit of silliness, and what is and is not absurd.

I am mad on behalf of absurdism.

But first, let me explain myself.

Last week, for the first time in 25 years, cartoonist Gary Larson released new panels of his long-dormant and much-loved comic strip The Far Side. The comics are simple, single panels, each of them, with one-note gags: an urban commuter hailing a taxidermist rather than a taxi, alien hunt…

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