DISTRESSING SERIOUSNESS

Tremendous concentrations of paper wealth have made it possible for a few persons or institutions to endow certain sorts of human playfulness with inappropriate and hence distressing seriousness.  I think not only of the mudpies of art, but of children’s games as well– running, jumping, catching, throwing.

Or dancing.

Or singing songs.

Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

Jean-Siméon Chardin, "Monkey as Antiques Collector," 1740.
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