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Friday, July 18, 2008

George Carlin still dead

Kathryn Lofton at Religion Dispatches sent George Carlin on his way about three weeks ago:

George Carlin is dead and it’s about time. If he’d stayed alive any longer, we might have had to watch him watch us as we are, as we remain incapable of changing, and that would have been unbearable.

For some reason she takes time out to take a swipe at someone called Susan Jacoby who is apparently the author of a book called The Age of American Unreason.

I try to avoid speaking ill of the dead, but I definitely got the impression that Carlin's unapologetic self-parody started about the time he replaced Ringo Starr on Thomas The Tank Engine (or was it the other way around?). Which isn't to say that anyone faces a choice like that very well.

But in all seriousness, what did Carlin do between 1978 and 2008?

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