ginormity of it is only now sinking in. If Wagner’s Ring is the
longest piece of music ever written, then fittingly, I reckon, script-wise
Bikwil 10 must have been bigger than Ben. A humungous
publication it was, actually, and splendiferously satisfying! Believe me,
I couldn’t put it down. (I could barely pick it up.) I assume the fat
lady has quit singing now?
— Cecil Bieder-Mill
I suppose the Wagnerian Bik
Might have left a few old Germans
But at least such a treat
Gave a fine Ring-side seat,
And, thank God, no ostpolitik.
— The Brandenburg Gatekeeper
I respect your Herculean efforts, I regret to inform you that Bikwil’s
mammoth Wagner offering was far too burdensome for a man of my advanced
years and state of health. More to the point, it gave me much too much
food for melancholy thought. If this prolixity is a sign of things to
come, there’s a sober lesson in it for all of us. Quiet enthusiasms
indeed. Runaway bourgeois anti-hero worship, more like it. What about
— Charles Marks (retd)
Siegfried, and so’s my wife.
— The Full M. Python
I hear the word “Wagner”, I reach for my revolver.