Boredom Relief Through Conspiracy....

Tue Mar 4 14:51:48 PST 2003

On Tue, 4 Mar 2003, David Goldfarb wrote:

> From: "Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student)" <RuhlenR at missouri.edu>
> >Remember in _PG_ where they go after Kathana and Paarfi launches into a
> >diatribe about this really rotten play he saw one time where the main
> >character NEVER APPEARED ON STAGE but it wasn't going to be like that in
> >THIS story? I think Mario is that character.
> Um, I don't mean to be insulting or anything, but I do want to make
> sure that you are aware of Samuel Beckett's play _Waiting for Godot_?
> It's quite well-known.  The two main characters spend the whole play
> standing around waiting, and the title character never does appear.
> My impression is that Brust was riffing on that.

SKZB might also have been riffing on Borges - this sort of referential
play is typical of the latter's work, and the former's - I'm thinking
of the joke about Rosenkranz and Guildenstern somewhere in Paarfi.