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Clarity and Audience

I'm sure this cartoon was designed with science fiction in mind, but it also is a pretty good attack on James Joyce.

Question: If a book is written by an author for his own amusement (i.e. Joyce, Pynchon, most post-modernists), can it ever really be considered "good"? When is it okay to break the rule of clarity in fiction?


  1. don't include the mouseovers when re-posting xkcd

  2. Hey "Guy,"

    Not sure what mouseover you're referring to, unless you mean for the XKCD store. I'll be sure to mention the store!


  3. Every xkcd comic has an alternate text available on mouseover.

    Just hold the mouse cursor over the comic and let it be still for a moment, a dialog should pop up.


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