Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Die Deutschen kennen doch Humor

"The eye of the writer should be human and unbribable. You don't have to play Blindman's Bluff. There are rose, blue, and black spectacles--they color reality as needed. Rose-colored spectacles fetch a high price, they are the most beloved, and the possibilities for bribery abound. But even black spectacles are now and and again in demand, and when the demand is there, then even black will pay handsomely. But we want to see things as they are with a human eye, which is normally not entirely dry or completely wet but is instead moist, and we do well to remember that the Latin word for moistness is Humor."
                                --Heinrich Böll,  "Bekenntnis zur Trümmerliteratur"

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