Room 281 A divination of entropy, in which people pass but collide with one another in corridors that then be- come impassable. When he found her, she was reading an Icelandic detective story, somewhat convoluted as well as full of multi-syllable patro- nymic or matronymic names. The building that housed the radio telescope was caught by sunlight, then let down gently. Its message bank was empty. Later he walked home alone. From the Pound Cantos: CENTO XXV Propped between chairs & table, torches melt in the glare. Flame leaps from the hand, the rain is listless, the leaves are full of voices. Our bodies also heavy with weeping. Time spent knocking at empty rooms, stubborn against the fact. An ex-convict out of Italy, water running off from his twis- ted arms, swung for a moment & knocked me into the black snout of a porpoise gripping the blue-gray glass of the wave. A line from Jimi Hendrix Despite it being a culturally inclusive environment, delive- ring messages intended for airborne bacteria presents a unique challenge. Because of constant barriers — such as a vacuum cleaner able to rescue a dog from a mini iceberg — there is only ever one way in. Test the water, & in time find that the most efficient method is to hide them in a radio program full of mirrors. languor longer He thought indo- lence might be a group of languages along the lines of Indo-European, but found he didn't have sufficient drive to look it up.