What do we have? Nonfiction? Fiction? Philosophy? Who cares! We do have a man of the 20th and 21st centuries attempting to jot down his daily thoughts. We have a mental diary, or, the diary of somebody who is mental; here, here thoughts of the mental (case), rather than thoughts of the actions of the mental (case). It's a diary of a neurotic, and the neurotic is one precisely because he's t a man of action, t a person of physicality, just one whose main exercise is conjecture, speculation, and obsessive questioning. He, I, is a sportsman of his own mind. Writing about the mental grind of being unemployed in an employed world. The job, having it, a must. The means of earning the paycheck; the means of socialization in group rituals. Unemployed and presently stuck in the suburbs existing beyond time - deserted streets, distant shopping malls, emptied homes. The individual isolated and growing out of touch and out of his mind; the mind retreating into the distant past and future.
Elias Sassoon is the author of published novels, short story collections, and various non-fiction works. These include: Brothers of the Four Corners; Sassoon's Sketches; Headhunter's On Parade; Hero Bountiful; Jewish Days; Some Arab Souls Dripping; Pig's Court America; Record of Mutilation; Sassoon's Friends; Sassoon's Sketches For A Saturday Afternoon, The Sassoon Society; Costume Parade; The Brilliant Idiot's Club; Tales Of The Syrian Night; Tales Of Modern Judea; Oriental Cover-up; Sassoon's Heart Beatings (poetry collection); An Individual's Dream (Philosophy); 13 Months of Sassoon, A Diary of Time (non-fiction diary).