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January 19, 2017

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Entry from January 10, 2017

Irony is the principle by which the meaning of words is affected and often radically altered according to where, when, in what context and by whom they are spoken or written. It’s pretty basic to all human discourse, but it is something that Americans, in particular, have never been particularly comfortable with. A few years ago, a young man named Jedediah Purdy, raised in the West Virginia woods by hippies, wrote a whole book under the misapprehension that irony was something you could either take or leave alone. On the whole he was in favor of leaving it alone. But instead of being laughed at, he was lionized in the media — itself an irony of the first water. He subsequently became a lawyer and wrote more books with loopy first premisses — as, for example (in A Tolerable Anarchy), that both anarchy and utopia sounded like pretty good ideas to him. Full Entry


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