The Moviegoer was brilliant stuff, and Lost in the Cosmos was a strong favorite long ago, but rereading now, a slight disappointment. Some dated references, and a very technical middle section “Semiotic Primer of the Self” which even he recommends most readers will want to skip. This description is probably best “the flat-out weirdest nonfiction book by one of the great novelists of the last century.”

“Why is it no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep.”