your copy of the book doesn't have that paragraph? weird. must have been a misprint...I notice that the title can be read as referring not only to lights in the normal sense, but also to light, i.e. low-tar, cigarettes. (Lambent & Butler, presumably.)
@woops I notice you wussed out of doing X in the chapter of alphabetical paragraphs! Couldn't you have had something about Xenophon sending Xerxes a xenophobic Xerox?
He explained to me why he did this in a private correspondence, but only members of the Special Cool Secret Club are allowed to know.just looked into it and apparently Tea's correct that the official manuscript skips X in the alphabet chapter. so what's the deal with mine then.
I've been reading it slowly too. It's not a criticism, on the contrary in fact, but the lack of plot (I assume, unless one emerges in the second half of the book) frees you up from from wanting to charge ahead and read it more quickly, missing stuff. It encourages slow reading, which I like very much.i've been reading this slowly because although short it feels very dense and hard to predict. you get the sense that if you skim through a few pages you're likely to miss a great unexpected paragraph or turn of phrase. some weird historic commemorative plaque or secret passageway or altercation. its very interior and poetic but i've been reading it in kind of a "stupid" way, as a sort of picaresque. may be the wrong approach.