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  1. Reflections on the nature and value of satire, with classic examples. Says the author, satire need not be funny. It is an unmasking of vice, criticism getting around the censor. The censor is orthodoxy; satire is subversive, a kind of licensed bad form. Satire is enjoyable compensation for being forced to think. Satire is the antidote to Pollyanna and Dr. Pangloss. It focuses our gaze sharply upon the contrast between things as they are and as they should be. "A satirist is never certain whether [...]

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