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This report is taken from PN Review 201, Volume 38 Number 1, September - October 2011.

xTC 2 Frank Kuppner
(Comprising further Characteristic Specimens drawn from the 'xTC Notebooks'. And you know, quite frankly, I do not consider myself to be at all obliged to explain anything. The fact is, some of us can recognise a bargain when we see it and others can't. All right? Some people are just far too suspicious, in my opinion at least. The notebooks are obviously very old. Any stupid old deviant could see that at even a cursory glance. And yet - enough! I don't have to try to explain myself, do I? There are some loose papers there too, I suppose. So what?)

Well, the emotions may be infallible as you suggest, I dare say, my dear - but they also do certainly seem to lack a sense of proportion. Whether it be great squalls over nothing, or the profoundest moments of one's life floated through as if it were all merely a rehearsal - and not even the final one at that! Eh?

'Not here to be happy?' Well, if we're not going to be happy, or are not here to be happy (or however one might want to put it), I must say I for one find it highly troublesome to decipher what the whole point of it might otherwise be. Or perhaps, if anything, we are here to be unhappy? - at least in a sufficiently noble way? An odd phenomenon, surely, to devlove [devolve] out of nothing! The here-and-now is ...

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