4. The mind-croggling critters of crank biologist and illustrator Ernst Haeckel.
5. Eurotrashy road trip quests. Probably best exemplified by William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and Wim Wenders’ Until The End Of The World. Transnational citizens with no visible means of support other than from some sort of shadowy organization hop, skip, and angst their way across continents in pursuit of some esoteric “something.” With the aid of consumer brands, the lead characters find hidden truth that they can’t comprehend – proving cultural critic David Lee Roth’s axiom “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how good you looked.” Am I the only one to wonder if Cayce was named after Edgar Cayce?