Architecture of Lightness (Melancholy)

As melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness, so humor is comedy that has lost its bodily weight. (…) It casts doubt on the self, on the world, and on the whole network of relationships that are at stake. (Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Harvard University Press, Cambridge , Massachusetts, 1988, p. 19)

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