Matthew Kile

May 22, 2016

Post #4274 – 20160522

Dear Mr. Pinkwater. At 36 years of age, I have read "Lizard Music" at least once a year since my 3rd grade teacher read it aloud to our class some 28 years ago. I daresay it is tied with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as my favorite work of fiction. When I told my girlfriend how much this book meant to me, she sat down and read it cover to cover, absolutely enthralled. One thing has bothered me for nearly three decades however. Who do you suppose removed the "Modern Lizard Quintet Plays Mozart" record album cover from the front window of the abandoned music store in Hogsboro? I always doubted it was the Chicken Man, AKA Charles Swan. Do you suppose it was some other agent of the lizards, perhaps Shane Ferguson? Thank you in advance for your answer, and thank you for this superb piece of literary work which will remain with me forever.

Daniel replies:

The thing is, the person who would know the answer to that question no longer exists. I used to be that person, but I'm unable to help with this. It is barely possible that I unwittingly addressed the matter in some more recent work of fiction--but I wouldn't know. Have you looked into any of my novels written in this century?