Clowns occupy a strange place in our psyche. The modern day jesters of the circus; staple of children’s birthday parties; or more sinister threats to our psychological and physical well-being.
But there is much more to clowning than face paint, colourful costumes, and comedy boots. There is a whole culture around clowning that is treated deadly seriously by those who study and teach the art. This piece from Granta describes the experiences of a researcher who spent two weeks in clown school in New York. It’s a long read but a fascinating one that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did.