I don't know if my critical/interpretive faculties have grown rusty in the nearly five years since I placed Some Fantastic on indefinite hiatus. However, the fact that I needed some time to properly digest the story and make those connections certainly makes me feel like I'm not as quick on the uptake as I was in the past. Maybe what I really need to do is make more posts like the one I wrote last night. That would ensure that I keep those skills as sharp as possible.
* Edit to add, 10:30 AM: Comment on Facebook to last night's post helped me realize just how much the scene with Jeffty in front of the array of 31 televisions is wonderful illustration of how as we get older, out attention gets divided and subdivided by the many demands of adult life.