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The Homeric question


No joy

Photos by Dakota/Curbed LA

So you say the thing about art pranks is that they are not to be taken seriously? I agree. May they be funny, or sad, as the case may be. And it seemed that, without once stopping to consider Homer, Chicken Corner had wrung all the funny and sad out of "There is no joy in this hipster hell" and "All is full of love" -- which were perpetrated on the community by a graffiti artist (or two) whose identity is not known to Chicken Corner.*

But, wait! It's not too late! My friend Steve Kurtz has opinions on "No joy" and "Love" and Homer.

("Actually" disclaimer: Chicken Corner asked Steve, who is a comedy writer and lawyer, if he had an opinion, so he gave it some thought, consulted the sediment at the bottom of his cup, and came to understand that the writer(s) of both messages connect(s) to Homeric literary traditions. And a few other things.)

Concerning the author's identity, Steve notes:

As to the question did two separate people write these, I'm afraid this [may be] lost to the mists of time, much like the Homeric question. Though I'd guess the one who writes about Love prefers The Odyssey and the other one prefers The Iliad.

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