December 02, 2007

Laughter the best medicine

Aleksandar Cotric is a Serb who has made an art form of dark one liners.

Why shouldn’t we be proud of our past, when each new day is worse than the previous one?

Serbia is not a twilight zone. Here you can see nothing at all.

He published a book of aphorisms in Sweden which was a flop, according to him, 'everyone there is too happy.' Cotric is part of the Belgrade Aphoristic Circle who continue a tradition of ridicule stemming from Tito's 35 year rule. Rastko Zakic is another member of the group. He wrote:

The working class is the skeleton of our system.

And another that got him arrested, When our Father died, it turned out he abused us and he abused our mother as well.

In a later book Zakic wrote, When our Father died, the court determined that he didn’t abuse us. He was hauled into court and called mathematicians and philosophers to the stand to argue that he couldn't be tried twice for saying opposite things. The judges were not convinced but the secret police offered to clear his name if he would spy on the group of aphorists. He agreed on the condition that they give him a special police uniform.

Our problems are all the fault of one man, he added, referring to Tito. It’s just a coincidence that we voted for him.

Here's the New York Times article.

One more. We are ready to die for what we believe in, but thank God, we don't believe in anything anymore. -Aleksandar Baljak


At December 03, 2007 3:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NYT article attributes the latter aphorisms and the arrest account to Rastko Zakic, not Aleksandar Cotric.

At December 03, 2007 9:49 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Thank you anonymous, I have corrected the text.


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