entirely excellent, Deleuzian even, if not altogether satisfying, forget Danielevski after you’ve read House of Leaves & pick up a Jasper Fforde footnoterphone [op.cit., p.332, n.4], passing quickly over the cartoons

The Long View has been eroded. We can’t see beyond six months if that, and short-termism will spell our end. But the thing is, it needn’t be that way there’s a reason for it. The time engines don’t just need vast quantities of power – they need to run on time. Not punctuality, but time itself. Even a temporal leap of a few minutes will use up an infinitesimally small amount of the abstract concept. Not the hard clock time, but the soft stuff that keeps events firmly embedded in a small cocoon of prolonged event – the Now.

The Short Now is the direct result of the Time Industry’s unthinking depredations.

– Jasper Fforde, First Among Sequels, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 2007, p. 287

The ship, the sea and the people on it might be hypothetical – but they could suffer and die the same as anyone.

– ibid., p. 323

if this small world was somehow sentient, it could be beaten

There was no one else in the room – there didn’t need to be. It was a hypothetical situation.

– ibid., p. 325

‘We’re Oral Tradtion but we’re not in a story – we’re an ethics seminar.’

‘You mean, you’re all hypothetical characters during a lecture?’

– ibid., p. 327

what was more important? The well-being of one real-life ethics professor, or the relentless torture of his subjects, who had to undergo his sadistic and relentless hypothetical dilemmas for two-hour sessions three times a week?

– ibid., p. 328

The only way to win the game is not to play.

– ibid., p. 330