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Tavern

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.    Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver’s Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel GulliverIsaac Bickerstaffthe Drapier – or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

His deadpanironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed “Swiftian”.

 

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Flame

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The human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From the candle flame to the nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination.    Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), typically referred to as Leunig (his signature on his cartoons), is an Australian cartoonist, poet and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999.

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Madness

I think it’s probably a good thing to be considered stable, but with a capacity for madness. -Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips