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The trickster, like the bird, is a linguistic construct. The properties of the VEHICLE which trickle into THE BASE and are transferred onto the TENOR are not in any way concrete…

Dear Mark, Here we go, the perennial issue of literality. You write: “There are literal nightingales but there are no literal tricksters”. That’s 100+ years of Saussurean linguistics out of the window. There are literal nightingales? The signifier is equal to the signified? When I say ‘nightingale’, you imagine the same bird – a complete...

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