All Fun and Games Until Sombody Takes a….

In a recent critique circle, an experienced writer friend of mine made a very astute observation. She found the scatalogical humor in a particular piece very funny when it was abstract, but not so funny when it got more specific and vivid. One of the beauties (and horrors?) of the grotesque is that everyone’s threshold for that funny-becomes-gross line is different. But I still think she hit upon a neat universal truth about that kind of humor, and I’ll remember it in case I ever need to apply it.

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