We generally love all things Larry David—David stand-in George Costanza is basically our avatar ("I don't want hope. Hope is killing me" is a poetic statement), we have a habit of calling everything we enjoy "pretty, pretty, pretty good", and we admire David's baguette-bashing skills. We even have a soft spot for Sour Grapes! But in the Times this weekend, David wrote a comedic op-ed nominally about Boston marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's relationship with his mother. And it's kind of strange.
The piece is really more a commentary about delusional parents and how they can make any excuse for their children, no matter what they do—it plays off of Zubeidat Tsarnaeva's insistence that her son is innocent, or that America is to blame for his alleged acts. But it still feels a bit weird for David to personalize the situation into a comedic bit. In a different context—like say, the way Woody Allen handled his mother in Oedipus Wrecks—this could be very hilarious.
Instead, it feels slightly off to us. Although maybe we're being too sensitive at this point? At least it's got a clear point to make (some moms will do anything they can to excuse the horrible behavior of their children), and it's well written—unlike Amanda Palmer's hopelessly tone-deaf "A Poem for Dzhokhar."