This is Tazio Bazakbal here.
Well, that is not entirely true. Tazio is a character in a novel by Italo Calvino.
He is, if you will, a rhetorical or heuristic device created by yet another character, a man named Todd Comer. Todd is not a scholar of Italo Calvino. He is not even a heuristic device. Or, at any rate, he is trying not to be a device of any sort--whether animal, vegetable, or mineral.
He is an assistant professor of English with strengths in contemporary American film and literature. You may reach Todd at the following email address: tcomer_AT_defiance.edu. Please insert "@" for "AT."
-Updated June 9, 2004; Outside the Town of Malbork was first programmed in Jan. 1999.