July 25, 2007


Steven Augustine

Mickey Sabbath would be the ideal string-puller (or finger-wiggler) behind (or inside)the titular head; I'd vote for Seymour "Swede" Levov for titular head. The glove-making motif dovetails nicely with the hand-puppetry, too.


How about some women? I nominate Melanie Wilkes, from Gone With the Wind. She annoyed me when I was younger, but now that I'm wiser, I can appreciate her steadfastness and consensus-building. She even won the respect of Belle Watling!


Holly Martins and Harry Lime to keep the buffoon/string puller motif going.


Tyrone Slothrop. If he pulls a Monica-gate, DC blows up.

Jim L

Quixote/Panza should be the ticket for our healthcare mess...and Iraq...and oh, anything else it seems.


Beckett's narrator from the Unnamable - 'his' various identities could fill the entire cabinet. And imagine the State of the Union addresses!

Jack Pendarvis

Eel O'Brien-Lamont Cranston


Gore Vidal's Lincoln / and to balance the ticket by herself, Myra Breckenridge.


Ahab/Fedallah, a ticket that has certain parallels to our current administration...

Jimmy Beck

Moll Flanders--hott!

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