Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘satire’


The B**** Is Back

The B**** Is Back
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When someone graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Caltech, we don’t expect to see them discussing the down and dirty of menopause onstage or uttering the f-word on live radio. But while science still plays a part in her life, it is merely one element of the many, many elements that make […]

Molière’s The Bungler at ANW

Molière’s The Bungler at ANW

Molière was a misanthrope. Or is that one of his plays? Yes, it’s a play. Molière was a satirist, then, right? Right. Anyway, he certainly wasn’t a bungler. That’s also the title of one of his plays, or an English translation of it, said translation having been performed by Richard Wilbur, who is a fine, […]

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

For the 18th year in a row, this troupe of former Congressional staffers will bring to Caltech its patented mix of political parody and scathing satire. Leaving no lobby unturned, the Steps make light of left, right and center. I actually bought one of their CDs once, by accident. I was 11. The jokes weren’t […]

Sam Lipsyte at Vroman’s

Sam Lipsyte at Vroman’s

Many moons ago, I met with a professor of mine to discuss doing some research for her book. We started talking about the then-head of our program, whom I didn’t know much about. “He’s big in Japan,” she said. Like the Tom Waits song? “Yeah, like the Tom Waits song.” Many moons later, Sam Lipsyte […]

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