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special fancy dancer

“A more magnificent wallpaper I have never beheld. Not in all my days.”

Talbot Smalls, Barnacle Bill in Macao.

motive and opportunity

Rock ‘n’ Roll: a wrecking ball.

Clive Morrow, A Crustacean’s Dictionary.

hallucinatory pea soup

I thank, therefore I hymn.

Andrew Tertullian, Pandora’s Ponderous Puns.

resource reallocation algorithm

CHAPTER SEVEN—Being for the Witless only, whilst the Reader with Intelligence is invited to move along

Trenton Childe, Rob Riddle and His Friends. (1772)

portals to hell

“As usual, the goal is to look like you are not an enemy.”

Chadwick Graves, One Damned Thing after Another.

teaching the kids

“There is no such thing as power, Brenda. But there is control.”

Thaddeus Crewes, Crowded Evil World.

like no other

If you lose, the enemy will decide what it was all about (as World War II demonstrates).

Roone Giddings, Dirty Old Coins.

happy happy happy

Theater is reality.

Roger Sensabaugh, A Short History of Boredom.

still and peaceful

“We have considered the matter at some length and have come to the conclusion that, yes, we are quite sophisticated.” Mr. Travis inferred this statement strictly from the smirk on Lydia’s face.

Charles Jeffrey Yett, Writing in Miniature—Vol. Three.

backed by science

Convincing a person to like some particular thing is a form of sophistry.

Godfrey Tooke, Collected Aphorisms.