Fiction Come to Life

In A Frolic of His Own, William Gaddis presents a court ruling, with all its suits and counter suits and legal mumbo jumbo, surrounding the problems a piece of sculpture causes a community. If I remember correctly, it’s initially perceived as an eyesore and then traps a dog, so it’s considered a public menace. There’s much todo over ownership of the art and responsibility for the dog’s whereabouts, etc., and it’s really absurdly funny. The details aren’t all the same in this real life situation, but I find the circumstances similarly amusing.

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