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The Houseman’s Tale

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4593 (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4593

Life is not a cartoon

Apart from the venomous variety, most cartoons are animating and
captivating, insightful and delightful. With levity and brevity, their
comical characters and incongruous captions convey sophisticated satire.
This satire is important social commentary, because it highlights life's
abundant absurdities and inequities. As artists and social commentators,
cartoonists can rescue us from ourselves and each other by reminding us of
how fate interweaves our fantasies, foibles, and fears with life's
miracle, mystery, and misery.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 August 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA