It’s been long since I read about Benny Profane’s resigned bemusement.

Besides the mystery, the worldly imagery, the slapstick and the wonder,

I recall the transformation, piece by piece, of the elusive title character

into a mechanical shell, or something like it.

What started out with headphones, earpods, and the such,

for easy mobile interaction,

is progressing to a far, far denser space, more complex than any organ…


… more so even than the future.

Long ago, before all this, it invented reality.