Maureen Corrigan on the new Ken Kalfus novel Equilateral:
[T]hose workers are under strict command not to deviate one inch in their digging lest the Martians mistakenly think that a geometrically imprecise triangle is a natural, rather than a man-made, phenomenon. That’s why, when the workers stumble upon the tip of a buried pyramid as they’re digging a 40-foot trench on one side of the Equilateral, Thayer orders them to bury the pyramid again and pour the pitch over it. At this point, we readers begin to catch on that Thayer, in the fine literary tradition of Englishmen abroad, has stayed out in the mid-day sun too long.
Image of the Egyptian desert via panaramio