“Then every thing gone black. …

September 24, 2010

“Nothing only nite for years on end. Playgs kilt peopl off and naminals nor there wernt nothing growit in the groun. Man and woman starveling in the blackness looking for the dog to eat it and the dog out looking to eat them the same.” (Riddley Walker, p. 19)

Thusly is the great zoöeschatological disputation of Wells and Carter’s professors interrupted by Hoban’s tel woman, Lorna Elswint, in the story “Why the Dog Won’t Show Its Eyes.” This joyful barking species may have domesticated us over tens of thousands of years, but after the Trubba it’s a matter of survival, with “man and his dog” co-devolving, trying wild once more.

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