This is a fine example of late Jurassic fiction. The telltale signs are the uninhibited use of highbrow language, the tragicomic allusions to opera, the almost offhand use of color, and the recurrence of men dressed in flowing bone-white chasubles and haughty femmes fatales.

The theme of the impossibility of one understanding anyone apart from oneself recurs in works from the Jurassic period and, to give a historical perspective on its critical reception, we will note the thematic was greeted with brickbats.

Cacoethes gluependi. The very bad habit of respiring model airplane glue is a setpiece metaphor for all that ails you–cosseting your cellphone as though it were some precious pet, taking a bite of your cheeseburger and keeping it in a polystyrene tin for further experimentation, you know–all that stuff.




  1. It’s enough to make pointy yellow things erupt all over one’s literary goosebumps and fill the cosmic framework so gloriously as to cause the balsawood miniature of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra to tumble suddenly from one’s puce-hued fingers into the Pacific Ocean….. with intermittent chants of “Cogito Ergo Sum” and “Che Faro Senza Eurydice” echoing about…..

    (Did you not catch that Issy becomes Lizzie for a moment there?)

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    • (Did you not catch that Issy becomes Lizzie for a moment there?)

      Answer 1) No, I didn’t!

      Answer 2) This sort of confusion is typical of a glue sniffer.

      And the poll results are in:
      1- 3 votes
      2 – 77 votes

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  2. What coloured biretta should I wear with my flowing bone-white chasuble? I’m completely muddled. I think I’m more suited to Cretaceous literature.

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    • Ah, Cretaceous literature…the subject of the next post.

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    • A tomato red biretta is nice, Bruce. (These intertextual comments are sure to raise eyebrows.)

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  3. My love of Cretaceous literature knows no bounds.

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