06 May 2008

Fun is a medicinal bath.

There is laughter because there is nothing to laugh at. Laughter, whether conciliatory or terrible, always occurs when some fear passes. It indicates liberation either from physical danger or from the grip of logic. Conciliatory laughter is heard as the echo of power as something inescapable. Fun is a medicinal bath.
//Adorno and Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment


I have no hobby. Not that I am the kind of workaholic who is incapable of doing anything with his free time but applying himself industriously to the required task. But, as far as my activities beyond the bounds of my recognized profession are concerned, I take them all, without exception, very seriously.
//Adorno, from The Culture Industry

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