Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Boojum upon my forehead …

This week’s episode of The Hunting of the Snark is pleased to present you with Contestant Number Six, the Billiard-Marker!

When the Billiard-Marker is not busying himself keeping score in Victorian pool-halls, he’s available for cameo, walk-on roles in such popular thrillers as Conan Doyle’s "The Greek Interpreter ", where he appeared as an extra in a scene involving Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and the Boots (duly noted by Martin Gardner, the Herodotus of Snarkology).

Keen-eyed Snark watchers will also remember his scene-stealing appearance in Fit the Fourth of the Hunting of the Snark, where he chalked the tip of the Bonnet’s nose, with hilariously predictable results as we can see in the illustration above.

In his spare time, the Billiard-Marker enjoys gardening, cooking, reading the novels of Pierre Loti and attending Carrollian events dressed up as Raymond Roussel, the French novelist and poet whom Louis Aragon dubbed "the president of the republic of dreams." The Billard-Marker has garnered numerous awards and citations for his pitch-perfect, Rousselian rendition of le non-sens haut

"I shall reach the heights; I was born for dazzling glory. It may be long in coming, but I shall have greater glory than that of Victor Hugo or Napoleon … This glory will reflect on all my works without exception; it will cast itself on all the events of my life … no author has been or can be superior to me … as the poet said, you feel a burning sensation at your brow. I felt once that there was a star at my brow and I shall never forget it."

The Billiard-Marker has been known to finish up his Rousselian "performances" by placing a hot casserole dish upon his head and then mailing electric heaters to any friends desiring souvenirs of tropical India, all whilst employing detective agencies to search out and hire suitable illustrators for an alexandrine, protohypertextual epic endowed with a crushing five-fold level of nesting texts.

We’ll be right back with our first question for the Billiard-Marker, after this important message …


  1. The star is perhaps a pentafoil bloom ... what time is the next swan?

  2. Thanks, Dave. This contest is very intriguing & if time permits, I'm gong for the gold! Oddly, I am contemplating some future projects/pitches & RR looms large in them … perhaps an illustrated translation of La Vue, which I don't think has appeared in English yet

    also contemplating an oulipian RR/Jules Verne/Jo Conrad potboiler (honest) … The Mysterious Heart of Dr Canterel's Island Darkness

    ad astra!