13 February 2006
Kugelmass, you'll remember, appears in a 1977 Woody Allen short story; his life, especially his married life, seems drab and unappealing, and magician friend the Great Persky contrives to have him inserted into Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary, right between Emma Bovary's affairs with Leon and Rodolphe.
Last fall, I asked Kugelmass wannabes into which books of fiction they'd like to find themselves, with interesting results.
Of course, this concept can be taken in many different directions. Perhaps motivated by a vision of Atticus Finch, a fictional character I too would have liked to meet, Jennifer poses a similar question:
If you could suddenly find out that one work of fiction was actually true, what book would you hope it would be? And why?
My immediate thought was Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, but it occurred to me that Lazarus Long himself might well chastise me for the selection, simply because I was being presumptuous, something Long likely wouldn't countenance.
So I'll give it a little more thought, and I'll throw the question open to you.Posted at 9:15 AM to Almost Yogurt