Robert Dessaix in his novel, Corfu, pens this conversation between the narrator and William:
‘Nothing seems to “mean anything” to you, William. What do you think life is? One great shopping mall you can just drift about it, listening to the muzak? Pick up a bit of reincarnation here, grab a bonk there—Chekhov, Cher, the Rolling Stones, Beirut, it’s all the same to you, it’s just background noise.’
Robert Dessaix, Corfu (London: Scribner, 2003), 226.
Image: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, all equipped with shops and ski field.