The Quiddity of Delusion Cover

M.J. Nicholls, author of The House of Writers, returns to contribute to our Sagging Shorts series an obsessive monologue vaguely after the manner of Thomas Bernhard. Its narrator, a socially inept writer seeking to deflate or defeat the humiliation of attempting to impress the smooth-talking, self-important sorts of people he loathes but envies, tries to get to the bottom of an embarrassing incident from his childhood, with entertaining but refreshingly anti-climactic non-results. In The Quiddity of Delusion, both barrels of Nicholls’ word-gun are, as always, loaded, and the ego gets it hard in the nads.