I am thankful to The Moment blog at the New York Times for making me aware of Sorry I Missed Your Party, which posts and wittily comments upon photos people have uploaded to Flickr which show them having a good time.
Or not, as the case may be.
And this is one of the weirdly compelling things about the site.
All these presumably candid moments of human beings engaged in celebrating...well, whatever...certainly do, of course, provoke plenty of laughter.
But there is a distinct current of something else in many cases. Something grotesque and unpleasant.
And you even get a glimpse of true existential despair, such as this photo from a Christmas party held at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL Library last December:
More proof, were any needed, that there are few things that provide a better vantage point for viewing the abyss of existence than your typical office party.
Other than -- maybe -- this photo (note: involves nudity. Really rather unpleasant nudity.)