Laughter

the human race has one really effective weapon

About

Laughter was a weekly music radio program broadcast on WZBC 90.3 FM between August of 2006 and the spring of 2010. Laughtrack was its Internet home, serving primarily as a program archive. It grew into something else over time until it became unmanageable and ungainly. It is now defunct and this site is its replacement.

Laughter is a blog where I post reviews, videos, news stories, and other random thoughts. I have been writing music reviews for Brainwashed.com for over 10 years and I just started writing for Dusted Magazine (in exile). I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

email: laughter.blog@gmail.com

laugh·ter /ˈlæftər, ˈlɑf-/ 1. an inner quality, mood, disposition, suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness 2. subject or matter for amusement 3. the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn 4. “Laughter casts a glance, charged with the mortal violence of being, into the void of life.” -Georges Bataille

This multitude see the comic side of a thousand low- grade and trivial things—broad incongruities, mainly; grotesqueries, absurdities, evokers of the horse-laugh. The ten thousand high-grade comicalities which exist in the world are sealed from their dull vision. Will a day come when the race will detect the funniness of these juvenilities and laugh at them—and by laughing at them destroy them? For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon — laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution — these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. You are always fussing and fighting with your other weapons. Do you ever use that one? No; you leave it lying rusting. As a race, do you ever use it at all? No; you lack sense and the courage.

– Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

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