Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XV

Deep (2019). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Deep Background Source

Researchers continue a vigorous debate about the mere concept of this being. Is it a discernible species? Is it just a rogue subset of already identified members of the bestiary? Is it an entity at all – or just an enigma, a black space where something living (and accountable) should be?  Commentators are divided between non-believers and believers. The naysayers discount the viability of such a creature, and the very need for its existence. They count it, rather, as a spectre at best, and, even in effemoral form, as a pestilence causing nothing but unaccountable damage. To its believers, the creature is of essence, and of necessity a mystery because of its reputation for disrupting the human power grid of government. Such an entity, they believe, cannot operate out in the open or it would face the wrath of scores of powerful enemies. Yet even believers cannot much recount sightings of this creature as it plies its trade. A voice in a darkened parking lot? A coded message on a post-it note? A human-like form in a trenchcoat, dropping a cigarette? All or none of these may actually be a DBS, and he or she may be working next to you right now.


-Danny Grosso

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