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Daily Afflictions | review | website | Lollipop
by Ewan Wadharmi
"Eventually, out of self-preservation, all philosophy reverts to parody." - Ewan Wadharmi
Andrew Boyd (not to be confused with his homonymic doppelganger, fiddle maestro Andrew Bird) is an endlessly fascinating fellow. He's an author, political activist, and culture-jamming cyber monk. An intelligent, thoughtful, and clever chap who has discovered, like The Vandals, that sometimes, the best use of your talents is to squander them for a laugh. It tickles me to see lowbrow humor from hi-brow folks.
Under the guise of Brother Void, Boyd offers cynical dispensations which shed light or dark on your everyday happenings. These are well-thought-out missives that often re-affirm and surprise with their insight on love ("I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way") to enlightenment ("I am One with the Universe and it hurts"). Unlike that Vatican of parody religions, The Church of The SubGenius, you'll actually find Boyd's musings useful, having enough real-life context to make it work.
Check out the existential contest, with misheard quotes like Wittgenstein's "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must change the subject to something we can all enjoy." Marvel as Boyd pulls back the societal veil, jumping out with bare honesty: "Truth will set you free, but first it will hurt like hell," and "When you feel desperate and alone, you are." The Frequently Asked Questions are a metaphor for life itself: There are no answers.