Adam Gopnik (2015.01.19)

The right to mock and to blaspheme and to make religions and politicians and bien-pensants all look ridiculous was what the magazine held dear, and it is what its cartoonists were killed for—and we diminish their sacrifice if we give their actions shelter in another kind of piety or make them seem too noble, when what they pursued was the joy of ignobility.

—Adam Gopnik, “Satire Lives” (The New Yorker)

The Incomparable Atuk, pg.179

A helicopter hovered overhead. The happy little boy and his dog wrestling on the grass were not what they appeared to be either. The boy was the only midget in the RCMP and the dog, of course, was a trained killer. Furthermore, the old rabbi, ostensibly snoozing two benches away, actually clutched a machine gun under his kaftan.

—Mordecai Richler, 1963