This week’s episode of The Hunting of the Snark is pleased to present you with Snark Hunter Number Six, the Billiard-Marker!
the Billiard-Marker is not busying himself keeping score in Victorian
pool-halls, he’s available for cameo, walk-on roles in such popular
thrillers as Conan Doyle’s "The Greek Interpreter ", where he appeared
as an extra in a scene involving Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and the
Boots (duly noted by Martin Gardner, the Herodotus of Snarkology).
Snark watchers will also remember his scene-stealing appearance in Fit
the Fourth of The Hunting of the Snark, where he chalked the tip of the
Bonnet’s nose, with hilariously predictable results as we can see in this
In his spare time, the Billiard-Marker
enjoys gardening, cooking, reading the novels of Pierre Loti and
attending Carrollian events dressed up as Raymond Roussel,
the French novelist and poet whom Louis Aragon dubbed "the president of
the republic of dreams." The Billard-Marker has garnered numerous
awards and citations for his pitch-perfect, Rousselian rendition of le non-sens haut …
shall reach the heights; I was born for dazzling glory. It may be long
in coming, but I shall have greater glory than that of Victor Hugo or
Napoleon … This glory will reflect on all my works without exception; it
will cast itself on all the events of my life … no author has been or
can be superior to me … as the poet said, you feel a burning sensation
at your brow. I felt once that there was a star at my brow and I shall
never forget it."
Billiard-Marker has been known to finish up his Rousselian
"performances" by placing a hot casserole dish upon his head and then
mailing electric heaters to any friends desiring souvenirs of tropical
India, all whilst employing detective agencies to search out and hire
suitable illustrators for an alexandrine, protohypertextual epic endowed
with a crushing five-fold level of nesting texts.
We’ll be right back with our first question for the Billiard-Marker, after this important message …