Days of the Clown

So, children hate clowns? Not only children, I reckon. Remember that scene in Tootsie, when an angry Dustin Hoffman knocks over the unsuspecting pantomime in Central Park, makes him fall from the rails? Oh, what a moment of bliss! Cast them all for Jackass, these pretentious whitefaces! But then, there are some wonderful clowns of literature, like the heroes of Robert Walser or Samuel Beckett. So let’s better be fair and balanced.