What's this? Could it be two phoned-in comics? Yes! Leave me alone, I've been working a lot and I really did have a cold and a hangover at the same time on Sunday. The cold, which lingers, is an odd one: it consists primarily of a hacking cough, "productive," as the medical term is, accompanied by aches and pains. I don't have TB, do I? I've been reading Kafka's America, but you can't get TB from a book, can you? Kafka's TB ended ninety-one years ago, when it killed him.
But forget about that, I'm going to apply for a fellowship to spend a month in France writing a novel. I happen to have two novels on the hob right now, and as the grantees specify that "applicants should send their strongest unpublished work from the project they intend to work on during the residency," I'm thinking I should send them something from Zeppo and Friends rather than Novel Prime, because Novel Prime has vampires in it and is therefore genre trash. Zeppo and his friends are all serial killers, but they are not supernatural, at least not overtly. Really in a sense both novels are fantasies, but one is your common-or-garden everything's-the-same-except-there-are-v