We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Anomalistics and Absurdism


“The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only” – Thomas Hobbes

Now, this may seem absurd... Now, this may seem absurd…

Many an incautious person (in particular, my wife, who in all fairness has displayed an abject lack of judgment in marrying me in the first place) has asked me, “Why are you so obsessively interested in strange phenomena and anomalistics?”  My usual inclination is to answer such questions with a level of obscurantive passive-aggression and ask, “Why aren’t you?”  Unfortunately, maintaining a relative state of matrimonial bliss requires a slightly less flippant response, although one sometimes feels injudiciously inclined to point out that as Ambrose Bierce said what is love, but a “temporary insanity curable by marriage”.  If one prefers to sleep on the couch, that is.  Momma didn’t raise no fool, or rather she did indeed raise a fool without expecting that foolishness to be embraced as…

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