Try to Remember is a typical lafferty. It makes a devastating point about the people who man our institutions of higher learning while also tickling the funny bone until it hurts. In this context, I will quote from another one of my Lafferty Letters: "The opposite of 'serious' isn't 'funny.' The opposite of both 'serious' and 'funny' is 'squalid.' As to a 'good idea' [for future volumes of Chrysalis], throw out pseudoserious abominations and use the seriocomic which is the only genuine thing."
Try to Remember was first published in Collage Magazine, December 1960-January1961. Since Collage Magazine was a very little, little magazine with a circulation of well under 1000 and since nobody appears to have ever heard of it, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be included in an original anthology. Plus, we need all the lafferties we can get.'
-Roy Torgeson, editor, Chrysalis 6 (1979)
On both profound and silly levels, I think I must agree with him here.
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