The curse of the satirist is to have people not understand satire. Jonathan Swift actually had to explain that he was kidding about eating homeless orphans — his jest was meant to highlight their plight by pointing out the absolute callousness with which they were treated by heightening that attitude to an absurd degree.

As a satirist (and just in general as a person who has been told for over thirty years, “I can’t tell if you’re joking or serious”), I often face people not getting my jokes — not because I have failed to construct the satire carefully (I…

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