In the controversy over whether or not it is seemly (red-blooded, or bloody-minded) to celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden, which I have been engaged in on Facebook as well as here, The Onion, as usual, struck the perfect note.
This caused me to track down The Onion‘s daring, endearing, pitch-perfect right-after-9/11 issue, which I remember so vividly as a great comfort. Please revisit it too.
And here is a Publishers Weekly blog post that gives a bit of the backstory of what it was like to try to get that issue right.
Humor, like beauty, is so much more powerful and subtle and efficient than argument. Argument can only go “On the one hand . . . on the other hand.” Heavy hands, both of them. Humor, like beauty, can say it all in one feather-light stroke.