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The opening epithet equates, “Anger x Imagination = poetry,” in the amplitude & invention of the angry young Indian. indd 15 10/19/2009 1:25:35 PM Sherman Alexie 16 not written for the white literary establishment,” Adrian Louis says in the foreword to Old Shirts & New Skins. A double buckskin language frays the edges of bicultural America, questions the multiple meanings of reservation, red, risk, Cody & Crazy Horse, Marlon Brando & John Wayne, Christ & Custer, who died for your sins. The critic is left with notes to bumper-sticker poetics, insult & antagonism, the fractious come-hither.
But critics have traditionally practiced a calculated prudence when engaged in a deﬁnition of Boccaccio’s laughter. They have generally eluded the problem or, what amounts to the same thing, have reduced the comical sense of the Decameron to a caricature of the social order. 3 Auerbach’s critical statement is certainly not wrong; if anything, it is partial or, more precisely, evasive. indd 38 10/19/2009 1:25:40 PM Decameron 39 commonplace, eludes all deﬁnitions. In any discussion on laughter, the obvious point of reference is tragedy, and it, by comparison, seems all too accountable.
48) The conﬁdence-man’s mode of being in this book involves necessary relation to others; apart from society, he barely exists. In fact, this is true of most of the other characters, who are seen in societal situations, playing out their parts. The second element of the book’s title is “masquerade,” and what the book demonstrates about that idea is that posing, role-playing, is a fundamental condition of humanity’s existence. “Look [at your business card], and see whether you are not the man I take you for” (p.