An exerpt from the first page of what may or may not slowly become a novel, or at least a collection of short stories. It's framed as an academic book, and this is written as the prologue/intro section. Seem like something anyone would want to read? Does it hook you in or leave you cold and not on a hook and otherwise wanting to go find something else to read? Too vague? Too much like something else? All comments are appreciated.