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April 5, 2007

Jeff R.: Kings of Clubs

Another of the Four American Kings is always dead. Or rather, not quite dead but sleeping, under a hill, like Arthur or Charlemange, ready to return to save the nation during its time of greatest need.

They are buried, secretly, with ceremonies more reverent and elaborate than any public funeral, and wait. Grant's Tomb was so questionably occupied because Ulysses slept, waiting to return to Ithica. Walt Disney, frozen, waited for a world in need of solace in a new depression.

The current King Beneath the Mountain is Andy Kaufman, still waiting for the right moment to deliver the punchline.

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