‘You Begin to Breathe Again’: Samuel Beckett’s Humor as a Coping Mechanism: Author Paul Auster says Beckett shows how important laughter is in writing.

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«This is the kind of harrowing and funny scene that might be found in books by either man. Both Auster and Beckett famously embrace the comic horror of being held helpless in absurd situations. For both writers, humor is a way out, a means to dignify and redeem what might otherwise be anguished, insufferable. “Even in some of my grimmest works, there have been comic touches,” Auster told The Washington Post in 2003. “There have to be, because that’s the way we’re built as human beings, and often when we’re in dark circumstances we survive them by cracking jokes.”»

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/you-begin-to-breathe-again-samuel-becketts-humor-as-a-coping-mechanism/281642/