The woman opposite me on the Tube today was reading some supplement or other on the title page of which was the headline LAWLESS IN AFRICA, which was, presumably, some sort of reference to Samson Agonistes and Eyeless in Gaza.
On the way back, after three pints in The Four Posts, I was reading the Evening Standard and there was the headline on a Brian Sewell article THE PAINT'S THE THING, which presumably was some sort of reference to:
The play's the thing
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
But why? What was the point of these literary allusions? What? WHAT? I mean, throw me a fricking bone here. I scoured that article for some sort of reference to wanting to find out whether your uncle/stepfather had murdered your father. There wasn't one. Why are there so many subeditors and so much unused rope?