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If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures

If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures - Manny Rayner
KALLIOPE MEETS MANNY

Sorry, this is rude

KALLIOPE MEETS MANNY

better to write this

MANNY MEETS KALLIOPE


Or since an image is worth more than a thousand words, then:

The Chess Mathematician


Meets

The Spiral




And this meeting has taken place in a properly GoodReads fashion. That is, through books. A book. His book. One of his books. The latest of his books.

And the invitation for the meeting, or this review, was Manny’s gift of his book. Since I do reviewing for fun, or for Peace&Harmony (P&H), it is a double gift. So, I decided to record our GR-match.

Eleven rounds on the eleven grounds of Manny’s collection of Reviews.


1. LIFE ON GR

Bouvard et Pécuchet is a brilliant move by Manny.

Kall does not play, medidates on P&H in GR, and against all predictions, Kall wins. Overall wellbeing overrides the two cyberpunk Normans.

M – 0 // K - 1


2. CHILDREN

Manny’s Lili est harcelée à l’école– scares the hell out of Kall.

Kall has none on children. She is planning one on Platero y yo. But Wishful Thinking is disqualified.

Manny wins.

M – 1 // K - 1


3. TRASH

Trash is trash – Kall, proudly, presents nothing. P&H requires its cleansing rituals.

Manny wins.

M – 2 // K – 1


4. LITERACHUH

Les mains sales & Les mandarins from Manny are clear winners.

Kall presents her Proust and the Mrs Dalloway.

This is a Tie.

M – 2 // K - 1


5. SCIENCE-FICTION

Kall tries to leave the room and avoid this. She is prevented. Damm it. Kall states that she once watched once I, robot. Audience laughs.

Manny wins. Kall disqualified in this round.

M – 3 // K - 1


6. MISCELLANEOUS FICTION

Atonement is a clear winner from Manny.

Kall, full of humility, defers to and praises Manny’s Atonement. Kall presents nothing.

M –4 // K - 1


7. CHESS and other GEEKINESS

The Silmarillion as unexpected move by Manny. Checkmate on Kall on the fourth move.

M –5 // K - 1


8. UNASHAMED SELF-PROMOTION

Manny, the mathematician, knows the insides of Game Theory and knows how to win this game. His three reviews score full points.

Manny wins. Kall stays dumb.

No, wait a minute. The Judge comes in and disqualifies Manny. The competition here is for the opposite aim. Kall wins for staying dumb.

M –5 // K - 2


9. HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY and PSYCHOLOGY

Un Juif pour l’exemple gives the round to Manny. Kall’s move is the same as in round # 6.

M –6 // K - 2


10. POETRY

Poem by Airielle, the Bay-Area poet who sits on the sidewalk – is the winner. Sorry, Manny, not your own concoction. But Kall presents nothing.

Neither score here.

M –6 // K - 2


11. SCIENCE and GOD

Manny was winning this one with huge acclaim, with his On the Nature of Things, and Universal Natural History, and Exposition du système du monde, and... , and...., while Kall is hiding under the table, but suddenly a sonorous thunder is heard and God himself arrives and suspends this round.

Everyone is forgiven, including Manny, and everyone is blessed, including Manny.



Final Score gives the clear victory to Manny with his 6 while Kalliope withdraws with a shameful 2 and goes to lick her wounds, meditate on the less harmful P&H, and look at paintings of chess-playing.

M –6 // K - 2


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