p.s. Why “monkey droppings?” I don’t know! Something Freudian–Freud has that idea of the mystic writing pad where, I guess, the mind writes and erases, leaving traces, which, sort of, are like droppings. Writing=droppings. The writer, Corey Redekop, is a shrewd judge of literature though, and also an estimable prize-winning novelist. Shelf Monkey is the title of his first novel.