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Tabloid headline on fridge, “Hubby Glues Gabby Wife’s Mouth Shut”

Previous Convo

Jackie (reading tabloid BUNK!): Ha! Roseanne, listen to this. “Utah housewife stabs husband thirty-seven times.”

Roseanne: I admire her restraint.

“…. the modern muse will see things in a higher and broader light. It will realize that everything in creation is not humanly beautiful, that the ugly exists beside the beautiful, the unshapely beside the graceful, the grotesque on the reverse of the sublime, evil with good, darkness with light. It will ask itself… if a mutilated nature will be the more beautiful for the mutilation; if art has the right to duplicate, so to speak, man, life, creation; if things will progress better when their muscles and their vigor have been taken from them; if, in short, to be incomplete is the best way to be harmonious. Then it is that… poetry will take a great step, a decisive step, a step which… will change the whole face of the intellectual world. It will set about doing as nature does, mingling in its creations–but without confounding them–darkness and light, the grotesque and the sublime; in other words, the body and the soul, the beast and the intellect…. All things are connected.

“Thus, then, we see a principle unknown to the ancients, a new type, introduced in poetry; and as an additional element in anything modified the whole of the thing, a new form of the art is developed. This type is the grotesque; its new form is comedy.”

Hugo, Victor. Preface to Cromwell.

“…. What distinguishes the grotesque from most other aesthetic categories is that it is not an expression of norms but rather the result of a transgression of norms; it is a borderline phenomenon, hovering between the real and the fantastic, the beautiful and the ugly, the ridiculous and the repulsive, the funny and the frightening…. since its definition rests on affective terms that are not fixed but rather are individually and culturally variable, there can never be complete agreement as to what objects are to be regarded as ‘ambivalently abnormal’….”

Petzold, Dieter. “Grotesque.” THE OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. Vol. 2. Ed Jack Zipes. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Print. 182.