The title of this post is inspired by a poorly conceived metaphor for my long absence from this here long electronic page-continuum. I continued reading throughout, but becaming hooked on reading and rereading Blood Meridian, planning an exploratory post that would take me deep into its terra damnata. I read Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, a few fascinating chapters of In Search of Lost Creatures, and am now deep into Mitchell’s Number9Dream.

So – I have been absent, but not inactive! I shall attempt to reddress this shocking lacuna in my productivity by tossing off a number of half boiled posts on these works, which I will display with the same showy flourish of a quack revealing his latest simples and decoctions.