Permission to Speak Aphoristically?

By Rohan Kamicheril

Here's a quirky—and handy—piece on the compelling history of aphorism-writing in Serbia. The theory goes that the zingers in questions—laced with dark humour—thrive in times of inclement political weather. Aleksandar Cotric, dissident, author of a book of aphorisms and member of the Belgrade Aphoristic Circle talks about the politics of writing these quippy and often provoking one-liners, the documentary film on the Circle that is being planned, and the aphorisms that could get you arrested under the Tito government. It's an interesting look at the intersection of politics, humour and great tragedy and definitely worth a look.


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