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It lols for thee: Laughing in the face of other people's deaths.


Incidentally, I don't know the ages of the Iraqis killed in the bombing or if any of them were suffering from medical conditions when they were killed. I don't know if any of them had foretold their deaths in eerie ways to old friends of theirs. I don't know if any of them were comedians or had had situation comedies on Iraqi TV. I don't know if, as Seinfeld said to Shandling when they were leaving the lot on which they had both taped their shows back in the 1990s, any one of them said to another, "We used to run this town." Maybe a couple of Sunnis could have, I guess.

Jeff Dorchen considers the death of Garry Shandling, and considers the deaths of everyone else he isn't considering in Iraq, and keeps considering other unpleasantries like Jerry Seinfeld's rich people car show, the relative grimness of Pauly Shore, invasion, soccer, the commonality of death and and the shortness of laughter.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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