Who said that?

asked Jennifer.

"That was the disembodied voice of the author," said Bart ponderously.

"What author? Who's the author?" Celeste asked.

"That really doesn't matter. The author is dead," Bart replied.

"So you're saying that a ghost was talking to us," Mike said.

"Well, in a sense."

"What sense?"

"In the sense that all things that speak or write cannot help but slay themselves through their own words -- a foundational concept of post-structuralist theory -- shall I go on?"

"No, no, we understand!"

"But you can't understand. If you did, we wouldn't be talking."

The guests said nothing.

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