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Friday, January 25, 2008



Okay, so my background has a lot of similarities to yours so perhaps this is not a representative point-of-view, but I think there are plenty of funny things in what most think of as a fairly straight-forward happy-go-lucky childhood. As you mention, there is the obvious example of Seinfeld. But it's not as though he's exhausted everything in that domain.

Those harsh difficulties to which you refer are precisely the things that often turn into complete cliches anyway. I have more thoughts on some of this, but I think I'll keep them for an off-blog conversation.

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