Mel: "I didn't come here to be insulted!"
Buddy: "Oh, where do you usually go to be insulted?"
Obviously I'd appreciate the skillful way he reels in his catch more if I wasn't sitting here with a big hook in my mouth, but in recent years I've come around to the notion that malicious cleverness is too plentiful to be of much value in a generation raised on a steady diet of ironic derision. Like Andrew Grumet, I'm getting more appreciation for the iconoclasts who aspire to be earnest.
> malicious cleverness is too plentiful to be of much value
> in a generation raised on a steady diet of ironic derision
This is a remarkable statement. One of very few that (for me) cuts through the clutter and noise.