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The Banter Long Read: In the wake of the 2016 election, stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a sobering status on Facebook that I've been thinking about a lot recently. Oswalt (whose new special, Annihilation, is streaming on Netflix now) has always been something of a polymath, possessing the ability to write and speak with deep insight not just into comedy, but film, literature, and politics, all through his self-deprecating and hopeful lens.....

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