EppsNet Archive: Tragedy

Why Do Bad Things Always Happen to Him?

19 Dec 2015 /

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You don’t look good, in my opinion, making other people’s tragedies all about you . . .


Cashing In

12 Dec 2015 /
Joseph Heller

When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don’t see heaven or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and every human tragedy.

— Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Sadly, Nation Knows Exactly How Colorado Shooting’s Aftermath Will Play Out

20 Jul 2012 /

“The calls not to politicize the tragedy should be starting in an hour, but by 1:30 p.m. tomorrow the issue will have been politicized. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter’s high school classmate is interviewed within 45 minutes.”

“It’s like clockwork,” said Gerson, who sighed, shook his head, and walked away.

The Onion

What I do not understand is whether the world really needed you. Who knows? Perhaps one supernumerary less would have spoiled the human tragedy. — Machado de Assis, Epitaph of a Small Winner


The Erasers

28 Mar 2010 /
The Erasers

The Erasers is a combination detective story and Greek tragedy, about a murder investigation in which the victim, unbeknownst to (almost) anyone, is not really dead.

It’s also about multiple perceptions of the same events, all of them perfectly reasonable and all of them wrong.

And it’s about the inevitablility of fate, which despite your best efforts can lead you to an unimaginable deed (cf. Oedipus).

Highly recommended!