Lurking here and there in Turgidovsky’s text we find an irrational madness or two. It was Professor Arnold Biffwright, I believe, who first drew our attention to the Russian writer’s irritating and unreasoned obsession with marshmallows. It doesn’t punch you in the face, maybe, but closer study reveals a needless parade of snide comments directed towards those connected to the marshmallow industry, from creators, to vendors, to consumers. He has learned to deal with his fear of women in an equitable way – why not his marshmallow anxiety?
More on this later (of course).