Barnes and Noble: The Hunting of the Snark - An Agony, in Eight Fits by Lewis Carroll
Snark, the omnipresent sarcasm pervading politics, news and comedy of late, is (perhaps not surprisingly) neither a new word nor a new phenomenon. Lewis Carroll, author of "Through the Looking Glass," creator of beloved, hapless Alice, wrote an "agony" of considerable heft nearly 200 years ago. The seventh "fit" details the "Banker's Fate . . . and so we have come full circle, to a time when this seemingly babbling brook of words becomes incredibly relevant to our present-day circumstances. As they say, you can either laugh or cry.