“An extraordinary thing happened today.”
Today’s submission is probably the most bizarre yet. So you’ve been warned. I thought it appropriate to quote, as the title of this post, the first line from Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Diary of a Madman.”
I don’t know what to say about this story, except that it’s another exercise in the absurd. I recently learned about a relatively new genre called bizarro fiction. For Superman or Sienfeld buffs, this term isn’t anything new. But in the world of fiction it’s a kind of hybrid between surrealism and genre sci-fi. Wikipedia says:
Basically, if bizarro fiction had a video-store analogy, it would be the cult-classics section. I think of this story as an etude, a study. It strives to entertain first, and making rational sense is a distant second.