Sitcom Therapy

A Mercifully Finite Jest

by Luke Healy

“Television’s greatest minute-by-minute appeal is that it engages without demanding. One can rest while undergoing stimulation. Receive without giving. In this respect, television resembles certain other things that one might call Special Treats (e.g. candy, liquor), i.e. treats that are basically fine and fun in small amounts but bad for us in large amounts and really bad for us if consumed in the massive regular amounts reserved for nutritive staples. One can only guess at what volume of gin or poundage of Toblerone six hours of Special Treat a day would convert to.”

— David Foster Wallace, E unibus pluram: television and U.S. fiction

Luke Healy is a cartoonist and illustrator from Dublin, Ireland.

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