4 responses to “Annals of Literature: The Palantir Mistake”

  1. Burke

    I’M A GO START A GUNRUNNING OPERATION CALLED “REDSHIRT”. NOTHING COULD GO WRONG.

  2. Burke

    The best thing about the movie /Being There/ is that the main character has, to use William Gibson’s term, “zero history”– and what does the Intelligince Community make of this? That he’s some super-spy? No, the novel/movie has most plausible thing happen: the FBI and the CIA accuse eachother of having destroyed the file on the man (and all traces of it).

    Sometimes it’s Tuttle, sometimes it’s Buttle– and sometimes there’s an Interpol mauve alert for ZUTTLE, no_photo.jpg, DOB ____-__-__, nationality Pick_One, and the default “X” for all the checkboxes:
    armed at all times
    immediate danger
    disguises
    drugs (all, everything)
    poisons
    immuntity to poisons
    violent fugue states
    martial arts
    …with focus on maiming and mutilation
    improvised weapons
    pursuit with parkour
    pursuit with carjacking
    Romani
    computer viruses
    psychopath
    Anonymous
    dead aim
    occult
    organ trafficking
    cannibal

  3. stimpleminded

    I wonder about my own status in there now, after the information that I was literally not in the database when we were getting a mortgage. Cool, but please I can fix my ducts myself.

  4. Eyeteeth

    I adore you, Ig. This is fantastic as always.

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