Culture | A culture in the grip of tyranny cannot abide humor
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 4/11/19, 01:19 pm
The joke is the gauge of freedom at its simplest testing point.
The Joke is also the title of a 1967 novel by Czech writer Milan Kundera, about a university student named Ludvig in Soviet Czechoslovakia in 1951 who gets sent to a work camp for a joke he dashed off on a postcard to his super-serious girlfriend. It sounded so familiar that I had to read it.