Walter Mencken

Walter Mencken is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Letters and notes to the editor

"To make fun of suicide is completely insensitive and unacceptable." Nonsense. Comedians, a famously downhearted group, not infrequently joke about suicide. Just one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHBVVA8dKlQ But more to the point: if you actually read the definition provided for that particular portmanteau, you find: "Any method of suicide in which the brain is left intact so that it may be studied by medical researchers interested in the effects of regularly repeated blows to the head over the course of a career in professional football. More generally, a death that is somehow both tragic and noble." Not sure how that could be construed as "making fun of suicide" or Mr. Seau.
— June 22, 2016 11:20 a.m.

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