"You'd better read that book before you agree with me. You might not be as crazy as I am." - Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer. A bright, fruity blend for one of the unexpected patterns threaded through the novel, and for the mysterious old book that inspired it.
"We shall pick up an existence by its frogs. Wise men have tried other ways. They have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere. I have collected 294 records of showers of living things." - Charles Fort, Lo!, as quoted in Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett