The Adventures of the Invisible Clown

stories from the hinterlands, whims and experiments

There's something to be said for going all in, no matter the stakes.

Jokes are of particular importance.

A good joke lays everything on the table, and invites all listeners to do the same. It then proceeds to confuse and confound, playing with expectations, producing the setup for the eventual punchline. Hopefully it will be pleasing to the audience.

Armed with a joke, a comedian may enter the stage and perform. It can be an impressive feat.

A clown, by contrast, may not tell you there's a joke at all. Or a clown.

If you still get the joke, then maybe the clown likes you and gives you another one.

If you get that one as well (still no joke, strictly speaking), then maybe you have something going. Those are the official clown rules, and they're written in macramé.

The point is to be the joke. You've figured that out by now, but I felt like I should mention it anyway, since that was the point I was trying to make. Seems appropriate.

And if you see a clown, try saying hello. Could be there's a joke brewing!

Determining what kind of human you have gotten your clown self into can save some time.

Take a look in the mirror. Is there anything recognizable?


Arriving can be a bit of a shock, no doubt. Once done and recovered, there are some essential features of the human experience that can be worth keeping in mind.

Most importantly, nothing is what it seems. Human senses are heavily filtered by cognitive tricks and shortcuts, and really aren't that great to begin with. Learn to distrust your inputs.


The path to self-discovery is actually quite short, if you can only realize that what you think of as your self is in fact a clown.

The reason this is difficult to grasp is that you are not a happy clown, but a sad one. And not a very good one at that. Clearly these are truths best repressed.


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