Last week at The Museum of Natural History Whoopie Goldberg’s recorded voice told us the sun is going to explode in 5 billion years. If there’s anything I’m putting off, I thought, I should probably go ahead and do it. I took mental stock and one thing that made me happy—I’ve always made time to be silly. Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, Thoreau said, which has always baffled me. If I have to be desperate, I would at least want to be really loud about it.