Steven Wright, the great surrealist comedian, once inadvertently described how the last several weeks, if not the last three years, have felt to so many of us. 

On his 1985 “I Have a Pony” concert album, Wright joked about the sensation of leaning too far back in his chair, but catching himself at the last second just before falling over backward. “I feel like that all the time,” Wright added. We’ve all done it at one point or another, and we’re all familiar with that momentary adrenaline rush of out-of-control panic.

Read the rest of Bob Cesca’s piece at Salon