Correct, Professor Nanian, you have it exactly right. And you said it so well.

I was trying to explain this very thing yesterday on LA’s public radio station, but I needed you!

Seriously, I would like to borrow this if I might for future explanations:

“(Satire) is effective — or at least most effective — only when at first it seems ridiculous, and then as it goes on and you begin to reflect on it, you realize it’s barely exaggerated at all.” –Richard Alan Nanian

If that is cool, then give me your title and where you teach and I’ll include that.

Thanks, Richard, for helping even me understand better what I’m doing and why it works!


P.S. Fucking great middle name, btw.

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