Fool on the Hill – Part 1

Fool on the Hill – Part 1

This week Sam starts an epic journey with Danielle with part one of the 1988 Matt Ruff novel Fool on the Hill. Meet Stephen Titus George, a 23 year-old massively successful author who’s now a writer in residence at Cornell University. George fuels his creativity with the frustration and pain of not being able to get laid for the past seven years. However, a mysterious Greek Original named Mr. Sunshine has been weaving a tale using reality for centuries, and George is his chosen hero of the story. Also, just to make things more complicated, there are invisible sprites that live on the Cornell campus, one of whom, Zephyr, is crushing on George, mostly to spite her unfaithful boyfriend Puck, which is the foundation of any healthy relationship. Zephyr decides to follow George after one of his kite flying jaunts as he heads to the local graveyard to take inspiration from the gravestones. Here, George visits one of his favorite spots, an eerie place with a strange stone set in the ground inscribed with PANDORA. Meanwhile, a cat named Blackjack is dragged along on a quest by his dog friend Luther, as Luther insists he can smell heaven and needs to go there to find his dead friend. It should be mentioned that animals in this world communicate telepathically and some can even see the future, but that won’t actually come into play in any way. Blackjack and Luther encounter a pack of racist purebred dogs in the the suburbs who try to kill them, but they escape as dog catchers start tranquilizing and murdering the evil dogs. Also meanwhile, a girl named Aurora Borealis Smith is heading back to Cornell from Wisconsin with her boyfriend who is kinda a square. Eventually they meet up with George, an old friend, and after they leave, a random man named Wax tells George to steal her from her boyfriend. Also also meanwhile, a mystical lady named Calliope is on her way from Delaware to break George’s heart so as to inspire him to greatness at the behest of Mr. Sunshine. Lastly, meanwhile, the Bohemians, the self-proclaimed guardians of non-conformity at Cornell, are riding horses on a pilgrimage back to the school. The horses were purchased by their wealthy leader Lion-Heart so all his friends could role play, and Sam really begins to question their counterculture credentials. Eventually, all these parties meet back up at Cornell University, including Blackjack and Luther who is convinced Cornell is, in fact, heaven. With this massive bit of character introduction done, Sam raps up this part just before the actual plot is about to begin, so tune in next time to hopefully find out just what the heck is going on.


Theme: Earning Happiness by John Bartmann.

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