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  • n. The quality of being grotesque or macabre
  • n. A genre of literature that was popular in the early 20th century, and practiced by writers such as Ambrose Bierce and Fritz Leiber

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  • n. ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion


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From the French


  • Despite the figurative grotesquerie, which is more nuisance than threat, it is a painting of nothing — no thing as such but atmosphere — a moody, indeterminate matter expressive of an interior mental state conjured through paint and paint alone.

    Ensor Unmasked

  • The first-person voice is amazing--the narrator's funny and warm and entirely persuasive and completely likeable--and it's got the right kind of grotesquerie to really conjure up the memory of life as a young person.

    Manstealing for Fat Girls

  • I resort to voting Republican, myself, but Kaus shows integrity and originality and, big bonus, seems to get the grotesquerie of our hide-bound institutions, corrupted ways andmeans.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Mickey Kaus’s Ad, in His Primary Campaign for the U.S. Senate Against Barbara Boxer

  • With the National Defense Authorization Act about to become law and SOPA on the brink of it, we are facing new challenges that do not merely fail to address the grotesquerie of the Bush/Cheney years; they are deepening and extending the violations.

    Jack Healey: Can Human Rights Be Saved?

  • The word "Watercolour" this being Britain, it gets a "u" occupies the center of a wall in the museum's lobby, hovering over an image of a Turner landscape blown up to the point of grotesquerie.

    Medium is message at Tate Britain 'Watercolour' show

  • So don't fret about distractions like whether or not Murdoch retains his title or position at News Corp. Here's all that matters: this amoral grotesquerie is going to be in the lead of his obituary.

    Paul Slansky: Karmageddon

  • The show is meant to be a comedy, and it is — a smart and witty one — but there's no missing, either, under all that grotesquerie, its hard-core sweetness.

    Chances for Hope

  • Many of the visual elements were already there in Guston's early mural period, as was the taste for grotesquerie, sadism and urban violence.

    Art reviews: 'Philip Guston, Roma' and 'David Smith Invents' at the Phillips

  • The story pulls no punches on the grotesquerie, but there's a plausible cross-species love story amid the squickiness, and the protagonist makes a decision that actually surprised me.

    MIND MELD: Memorable Short Stories to Add to Your Reading List (Part 1 of 2)

  • But, freed from that fortuitous topicality, it is now possible to see the play as a bracing satire which blends the youthful isolation of JD Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye with the comic grotesquerie of Terry Southern's The Magic Christian.

    Vernon God Little - review


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    The New York Times, "A Guidance Counselor’s Second (Pained) Adolescence", by Ginia Bellafante, March 18, 2008

    March 19, 2008