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Is authentic tragedy, as George Steiner has argued, dead in the modern world? Do we overuse the word, attaching it to routine or random bad events, etc?

Scathing Online Schoolmarm says: Say what you will about the fate of the tragic in our time — When you happen on a headline that truly does describe, with chilling concision, a tragedy, you’re called upon to take note.

From today’s LA Times:

PRICELESS CORVETTES SWALLOWED BY
MASSIVE SINKHOLE AT KENTUCKY MUSEUM

Euripides! Thou should’st be living at this hour.

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4 Responses to “What is “tragic”? What sort of event can we truly call a “tragedy”?”

  1. Greg Says:

    An oracle told them that they would each die a horrid auto’s death in a pothole. They were attempting, hiding out inertly in an obscure museum, to avoid road hazards.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Greg: This is known as ‘tragic carmartia.’

  3. Greg Says:

    Applaud your Aeschyluation.

  4. david foster Says:

    Greg….outstanding!

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