Sometimes i walk into a situation and i know somebody is going to provoke me - not maybe, i know he will provoke me - i know he will provoke me! And there are times when i simply refuse to be provoked. And the other times you have to use that superior knowledge to carry on at work without distraction, and don't allow yourself to be distracted. I laugh a lot inside and outside, and at myself sometimes.
When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again.
[ognev] recalled endless, heated, purely russian arguments, when the wranglers, spraying spittle and banging their fists on the table, fail to understand yet interrupt one another, themselves not even noticing it, contradict themselves with every phrase, change the subject, then, having argued for two or three hours, begin to laugh.
Karrin murphy led the charge, and sanya and i tried to keep up. She went through that sea of foes like a little speedboat, her enemies spun and tossed and turned and disoriented in her wake. Sanya and i hacked our way through stunned foes, pushing and chopping with unsophisticated brutality-and that big russian lunatic just kept laughing the whole time.
Frank tugged again with no luck. even hazel was trying not to laugh. frank grimaced with concentration. suddenly, he disappeared. on the deck where he’d been standing, a green iguana crouched next to an empty set of chinese handcuffs. well done, frank zhang, leo said dryly, doing his impression of chiron the centaur. that is exactly how people beat chinese handcuffs. they turn into iguanas.
There is a relationship between humor and fear. think of all the gags you ever heard that have to do with dismemberment, or something that's horrible in one way or another, even if it's just horrible in the sense that somebody's being embarrassed. what do kids laugh at? kids laugh if your fly's down. that's hilarious. but for the kid whose fly is down, it's a horrible situation.