A Book Review?
Do you use exclamation points when you write letters? Do you find elegant the hypothetical question? Are you forever asking yourself how you are? And do you really care? Are you ever bored with your interior dialogue?
Do you religiously wash all your vegetables when you bring them home from the store? Do you prefer paper or plastic? Have you ever wished you could just ride off into the sunset, with or without your horse? Are you amused by the smallest thing sometimes? Have you ever heard voices in your head? No, really?
Can you explain relativity to a child? Can you even explain your relatives to your children? Have you ever considered taxidermy as a profession? Are you bothered by non sequiturs? Do you have a high tolerance for nonsense? Are you troubled by Spell Check? Do you ever miss the big picture? Do you often get the point? If there really were a genie in your bottle, and he could grant you just one wish, what would it be? And would you then change your mind? Does the inquiring mind really want to know? Exactly how much?
Would you read a book that pushed your buttons like this? Would it wear you down? Would you question the premise or abandon it mid-sentence? Would you turn to the last page to see how it ends?
Would the real Padgett Powell stand up and take a bow?