I seem to have started something with this Index idea. As we all turn into Readers in Invisible Writings, I’d like to pass on something which I just found via http://www.invisiblelibrary.com, the Fortsas Catalogue. Look it up for yourselves; a fiendishly complete literary hoax. I am reminded of one which the Northern Professor, Dr Biswell and I once planned but never executed: it was called The Isle of Dogs, and it was going to be the catalogue of a small and eccentric bookdealer on the Isle of Dogs (’dog’ being as most of you probably know, the trade term for an unsaleable book). Amid total rubbish priced at 3.99, there were going to be the odd absolutely unobtainable modern first edition and so forth, also priced at 3.99 — the aim was to wind up an Unnamed Professor, who was to be sent the catalogue, write feverishly for the good stuff only to be told it had all been sold (or pulped) — like so many good ideas of the kind we never got around to implementing it. So; a Salute to the Fortsas Catalogue, a masterpiece of a more leisured age. A lot of work goes into something like that.