| MICHAEL: Granted,
Scott, and its juxtaposition of the techniques of the PR genre with that
of modernist referentiality and the encyclopedic approach of the great systems
novelists and the metafictional techniques of a Barth
or a Pynchon . . . The ontological uncertainty, the
shifts in voices and points of view . . . I hope Im not bringing the
coals to Newcastle when I say that in terms of theory,
from a cultural studies standpoint, the inclusion, of course, of the varied
materialia of hetereoglossic pop culture, all simply amazing. The anthology
is decent, but the hypertext kicks ass.
CARY: Bahktinian subterfuge indeed. Ho, ho, ho, ho. And starting your own press, subverting the whole system. Eliminating an entire industry. Fat cat capitalists beware The Unknown. Ho, ho, ho, ho. Wench, lovely, please, another round of flagons!
DIRK: Yes, we have indeed built a following!
SCOTT: Dirk, you better not start recruiting again. That cult shit
DIRK: Im not. I assure you. Just in terms of our theoretical significance Im commenting
MICHAEL: Yes and the way that you have all over the short course of this summer become yourselves media icons in such a way as to bring about a consequent critical paradigm shift, reinvigorating the previously drained theoretical territory of narratology. Its like a Real World for critical theorists. Youre giving people things to talk about. Were grateful.
SCOTT: No problem, Michael.
CARY: Im reminded of William Blake.
WILLIAM: And what, exactly, is that supposed to mean?
Tyger, tyger, burning bright.
WILLIAM: This Bill Blake guy dont know jack-shit about poetry.
SCOTT: So listen, Michael, Cary. You can count on us to answer your calls, do interviews, etc., etc. Well give you access to our papers that no one else can see, all the foundational texts. Well even give you direct access to our publicist, Marla, to arrange joint eventscritics and their writers type of things. Because, and this is important, we think you can handle it.
DIRK: Its not easy for us, as critics, to give control of our criticism over to anyone, particularly other critics, but we admire your work.
WILLIAM: But they dont get to do no biographies.
SCOTT: Thats true. Were way too young to have our biographies written.
DIRK: No Hand to Mouth syndrome here. No memoirs for this lot
WILLIAM: Except for our travel memoirs.
SCOTT: Which we will get you uncorrected page proofs of. Youll have it before anybody else gets their prying eyes on it.
MICHAEL: That would be the shit, Scott.
CARY: Now theres the small matter of the check.
WILLIAM: The bill you mean? Dont look at meIm an adjunct. Ha ha.
MICHAEL: Thanks, Cary, we appreciate.
CARY: Jubilant jubilee, boys, jubilant. Pleasure mine, I assure you. Looking forward to reading more Unknown. (Great Booming Laugh.) I love that. That gives me the shits and giggles. Yes. Yes. The Unknown, The Unknown, The Unknown. . . .