The Post Modern Ironic Wink

August 27, 2006
(was 06.26.2005)

Right after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair magazine, declared “irony is dead.”  Only a few months later Carter said, with a nudge and a wink, “I meant to say IRONING is dead - not irony.”  This time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll look at the rise of the Age of Irony - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?

  1. Douglas Coupland on "Getting" Irony

    Douglas Coupland says only twenty percent of people are hard-wired to “get” irony and the rest take everything at face value.

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  2. David Foster Wallace on Why We Need Irony

    David Foster Wallace is one of the leading figures of post modern literature. He tells Jim Fleming that he sees himself as a realist.

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  3. Veronica Rueckert on American Irony

    TTBOOK producer Veronica Rueckert provides a commentary on irony.

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  4. Jedediah Purdy on Irony

    Jedediah Purdy is the author of “For Common Things: Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today” and “Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World.”

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  5. Alan Olifson on an Ironic Thrift Store T-Shirt

    Los Angeles comic and humor columnist Alan Olifson reads an essay on the dangers of enjoying irony.

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  6. Michael Dowse on "It's All Gone Pete Tong"

    Michael Dowse talks with Steve Paulson about his film “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” which chronicles the rise and fall of deaf DJ Frankie Wilde. The only trouble is, Wilde never existed.

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