Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, July 09, 2004

Comic chain letter

Just started a class on black comedy the other day (think "Dr. Strangelove", not "The Barbershop"). As part of the lecture, the professor explained the distinction between satire, which makes fun of content, and parody, which makes fun of style. So if I understand him correctly, this New Yorker story satirizes the Bush administration's policy on Medicare, and parodies both chain letters and our president's tortured syntax.

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