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Padgett Powell writes: ‘Their conversation we may find it difficult to grasp much like they themselves. Coming to conclusions that don’t conclude. To questions that have no answers. To positions that may not be finally so aimless. They disagree to agree. They are smart, not smart; fools, not fools.’ Poignant, hilarious, opaque, diamond-clear, this strange little gem is sure to delight the thousands of devotees found by Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. ‘I’d like to see some flying dogs. Are there flying dogs? Not that I know of. Seeing some would improve my mood tremendously, though. I suspect it would. Mine too. Cheer us right up, flying dogs. Raining cats and dogs. Like to see cats bouncing off cars. Why’d they call combat air battles “dogfights”? They wanted to see flying dogs too.’