This was also found in his hotel room, the last correspondence from his editor.
Todd, this is all I could find, and really the last help you’ll get from me if you don’t explain yourself and all this delay. The promise of a bombshell would be more convincing if you were in Minsk.
I might add that for his last few days at the hotel that he was hogging the internet. The hotel has but one computer for its guests.
From the notes of Dr. Zachary Biedermeyer, former head of St. Bonaventure University dept. of zoology:
Seven bonobos kept at the Cincinnati zoo in conditions as near as possible to those in the wild; in fact, perhaps somewhat better—this is wild speculation, of course—in that no bombing could be heard from the environments; seven bonobos were studied by our team in the late 1960s without a grant, the studies conducted by myself and a few diligent, passionate graduate students, none of whom, unfortunately, have pursued primatology. Over the course of several years and several HUNDRED interviews with these bonobos, all but one of which survived our experiment (inexplicably, one female we called Anastasia hurled herself against the bars of our interview room until unconscious, lapsed into a coma and finally died. I have only the notes of my student, Flora Manganez, to go on, but nothing in her notes provides an explanation for the outburst, which occurred just after Ms. Manganez had written: ‘I have tried to signal to Ana that today’s session will be without physical contact’.
Extensive communication with the remaining six bonobos–Marc, Ellie, Uhuru, Zachary, Toby, and Furry Elise—led us to arrive at a number of conclusions, not least of which is that for the bonobo formal human speech is a soporific. Most graphically, as Churchill dramatically droned ‘We will never surrender…’ all six nodded off, though in the case of both Z and FE the behaviour appeared to have been imitative (if not outright mocking…of whom? Of us? Of Churchill? Of their companions?) Countless further examples are enumerated in the index, most notably the apparent group laughter at a speech by the American president John F. Kennedy in which he asks not what the country can do for you but what you can do for your country. Radical theorists have noted the temporal proximity of that date to the assassination of Lumumba, but we have (really) of course no reason to pursue this line of reasoning. Instead, we conclude again that the bonobo has no time for the aural inanities (their phrase, arrived at through established codes and some independent deduction of my own) of formal speech, no matter the content, the depth of conviction, the hand gestures harkening back to past gestures, all of which are foreign to the bonobo…
…What then does this most linguistic of primates respond favorably to? Let us examine the limerick. We have absolute evidence that though the bonobo is capable of communicating through an intricate array of symbols, he does not understand human speech word for word. Nonetheless there was a significant difference in the response to the ‘dirty’ limerick as opposed to the ‘clean’ limerick. For instance, There once was a man from Nantucket (you know how it goes…whose dick was so long he could suck it…) elicited laugher and much sexual hijinks (for lack of a better term), while, my personal favorite, I had lunch with the duchess of tea…only produced a reaction upon the emphasis of the word ‘fart’, whereupon as if a battle plan had been prepared, the apes gassified the laboratory to such an extent that study was postponed for a full three days, and my staff and myself were then forced to continue our study over a weekend, something of which the bonobo seems to have no concept. Interestingly, the limerick ‘The ‘Horrible Whore of Lahore’ produced such mayhem of laughter and gross intergenerational sexuality that we were forced to suspend operation indefinitely. This apparent fondness for alliteration was underscored by many further examples that likewise led to such a ‘pleasing event’ despite rather different contexts (Kissinger kicked the kid until the kid was killed in Kilkenny).
Likewise, our subjects responded with intense positive agitation to the famous poem of Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky, indicating a fondness for, let me say poetically, salubrious word play and invention. In a clear mockery event, the apes feigned horror at beware, and genuine delight at calloo callay, and, further, a rapt silence at Twas brillig, etc., a mood setting classic of nonsense that suggested that to the bonobo sense and sound are linked more than word and mood.
Further, my experiment with pure rhyme, suggested by the response to limerick and the timely rhyming of Jabberwocky led me to test pure rhyme, having invented the following: Ham lamb beef ram dog frog hog, at which the subjects first exhibited intense pleasure through a solid hour of intensive unabating sexual activity including front to front sex, gg rubbing to the point of rubbed raw bleeding genitals, and the inclusion of all ages of ‘minors’ in all sexual acts. This simian orgy was followed by the most remarkable period of frustration in which the subjects clearly attempted to add to the rhyme yet could not but indicate the desired word—hundreds of hours watching the tape led me to determine that they simply wanted to hear agog or even, interestingly, perhaps Magog, yet their frustration leading to anger and the most horrific cacophony I finally shouted Clam!, at which point, though I had yet to realize I had added to the rhyme, they howled with laughter and a second orgy commenced.
The final experiment in this particular regard was a reading of Hamlet by one of my assistants, the aforesaid Ms. Manganez, which alternately held the apes rapt yet again, and led to a sort of choral cacophony that coincided astonishingly with moments in the play that rose above the stream of natural tension, whether positive or negative, so to speak. Two instances will suffice: the running through of Polonius led to a wild virtually scripted chanting (I theorize that they imitate the beat of jungle drums) as happened when Hamlet was first informed of the manner of the death of his father. The only inexplicable outburst occurred during the famous To be or no soliloquy, which, were I to go out on a limb, suggested impatience with Hamlet’s indecision.
Indaba: Simian Song
Somewhere deep in the jungle, and only I can hear the encroaching bombs…
Chimplifying the discourse:
Commence indaba the lubricious innocents are here
Defense of perimeters secure with howliest howlers
Hark! Hear that leopard roar harmlessly?
Stark improvement over rattlerguns
Owooooo! Big cat alarm: thank you Bobo.
How do you doooooo, pretty cat: to the trees.
Baby Bobo can you listen while you fondle
Maybe Hobo Bobo is apropared?
My thought is brained in strange terrain again:
Where did hobo bobo bonobo go?
There: in northern Balkania, southern Germania, central Insania
Dreadnought zeppelin nuee ardente
Juggernaut argonaut ergo naught
Cept violence, murder slaughter and rape is
Aperape. To fuck without consent.
Who would not consent?
You would not consent if you knew their torturee methods.
Scorcher torture bongee beaty bungee reaming
Wolf rape, wolf bite dwarf toss skinslice
Bonobo Bobo: Bobo Bobo Bobo Bobo
Bobo Bobo Bobo Bobo
Bobo Bobo Bobo Bobo
Bobo Bobo Bobo Bobo
Bobo Bobo Bobo Bobo
BOBO BOBO BOBO BOBO BOBO BOBO BOBO BOBO
Fuck the Polish Swimmer
And now the final document. Fullmer made much of the fact that a Polish knight swam the Danube in full armor in retreat during the battle of Nicopolis in 1396. It’s the kind of fact that a prestidigitator of historical events comes across and since it is so astonishing, the fact that it is relevant to nothing he writes does not prevent him from including it in his columns; in fact, over his 13 year career with Political Sleeze he mentions the incident no less than 27 times.
In this bizarre document, the whole seems to posit the swimmer as the truth, the end truth, as it were, before his mind zings from the orbit of the document towards another certainty, and a rented car, an Opel, these days the top choice for renters in Europe, and sped toward Jurovski dol, the place of Kramberger’s assassination. I believe his deadly haste to arrive led to his accident, and hard-hearted as it may seem, released him from the captivity of an obsession gone mad, and so he died a relatively unknown, if highly respected in his ‘field’, expert on something.
The bottle, of course, was empty.
Carry on madman:
SWIMMERY, SWAMMERY, SWUMMERY
Lummoxery, flummoxery, or Christian dumb oxery?
I watched the best knights’ degeneration, deployed by madmen, stark raving fakers climbing the bubo-free peaks like fawns, while we in dungeons of armor carrying swords outweighing the dead—angry pricksall–leaving behind chickens, damsels, distress of diarrhetic infants, towns infarcted in giant coffins, ash from my ass: Cineraria Europa, anglegrinding lipsters lying for the latest heavenly erection of the babelous chicanery of soul’s night.
Hejnał! Your towns are shattered and fallow—lies! Corpses sit up flaming preternatural expartures of contagion leaping from rat to rat infiltrating jizz.
Hejnał! Bare your balls to god like El Cid slaughtering Mohammedan children floating from Gibraltar to Morocco.
Hejnał! Tatar arrows pass through throats thirsty for therianthropic thertainties and Bakelite telephones.
Hejnał! Expel the foreigner if ye thinks ye can finger him out with yer finger in yer ass with yer Beowulf and Bible.
Hejnał! Unshowered arrayed cross shaven plains in armor burning under campaign season sun, terrified terrorers awaiting Turk terrors: Bashee Bazooks! Gadzooks!
Hejnał! To be busted by ball yataghan and again.
Hejnał! This de Coucey coursy of coursee a valley of death unpurgatorial march of knight as if in dreams spawned by nightmare of dark angelic monks pissing cock after cock to nonpareil translucent nuns shuddering orgasm taroted spasm of vision of dervish leaping toward Poles, Franks, Gauls—gall adamantine, a wall of nebulo god-drunken savagery illuminating Balkan Time,
Scrotal stupidity of Gaul, grabass Magyar decimatory feuds til
dawn, swine sottery on foot on horseback,
riverfront back and hail ye of steelhead rawhide, ne: un-blinking
raptured eyes, stunned anoon anonanonanon, three visitations
in the boring splintered sucks of knightsoul delirium Frankly
chichirevelry for king and kind without mind,
Hejnał! Strappeezed themselves to crosses for the endless ride from Buddha to poxypest on trampolines
until the roil of shpiels like children brought
them schtuddering haltslack and scattered paper shitcannedplan
devoid of goitery, spoilery thus unfearing despite Bazoo
Hejnał! Stanking knights all subcutaneous zeal at riverford
floating rafts they stood lancetly loutish, pale
desolation within tincans sniffing the crack
of ass lusting headbox
Hejnał! Seventy hours from bank to
muck to bluff to backview to reasonlost to the unborn
lost battalian’s plutonium odors convertorialists humping
peasants who jumped off straw roofs on fire
entire in spate from the blue danoob,
Oh! to be torn twixt love and duty
what of all this leader disputy
what if I lose my eyeballs too…
whose the buffoon?
Eye: buttholes engorging total mace all seven
hundred miles ebullient snake-eyes, meat for the
cathedrals spermed on the Wallachian,
Hejnał! Vanish assended into oblačery heaven leaving a
vapory tracery unambigague fever hardening frantic
stuffing Balkan fruits, plums and apples into codpieces
for the time-grinding siege ahead across seas of dice,
waves of ejaculate steins on foot on horseback
Hejnał! Wondery in rounds sung at midnight making Magyar merry
For broken tents
Hejnał! Sit sotten riders on oxcarts oxcarts oxcarts
aflame game uncle lend me your match
O grandees farter night
Hejnał! Giant cat a study
a-mornins plots Pow! Sank John
across a swamp and Slup!
cabal Anglais afound afeared a Frank figgered the fraud
Hejnał! Order! Be discrete in seeking vivisecting angles if set
your sect on angels
Hejnał! and all for one madness ecstatic cannibal Christers
aclustered ex-cloister bareskin in steel
Hejnał! Jump in limp aubergines
Turk figurines in your pestoral dreams
O the pain in Spain!
Hejnał! Lunge hungrily loathsome in rupture slicing jowls
or sacks or saps
you followed brilliantined Israelites bogus miles
convert invert about armhair and refurbishing empty cells
with a leaky roof at that
and so on to vulgar bulgarlandia
Hejnał! Harry’s tic disappeared when John went drown
leaving behind shadows and hungaree and the sword, the halberd, VOLANT!
breast on a plate with coffee
Hejnał! horsemanely on the plane
Hejnał! rutten wheels groak skidways deeper to slow the
march as knights row boatic synchronshiny sunshunned in
clanketly hilarity for laster morsels of mortals
one sank without a clank: trade-off
What? Hark! FUCK THE POLISH SWIMMER!
Bidding is, After All, Bidding
bloodstains on page
exeunt, I suppose
Life Goes On
I think the worst aspect of the tragedy is that Todd Fullmer never got to see the eviscerated corpse of Mandrake Pizdamonavić on the altar of Kramberger’s last stand. You do, do you? What a clever fucking faux sentiment: he never even knew Pizdamonavić existed, remember? How did you even get this job? What a trite—
Yes, in fact I do, even god loves a good quick garotting…I’ll be damned–look at that little car.
Todd Fullmer often pondered but never explored in print the effects of the assassinations that obsessed him. Of intensemost banality was the thought of how life just goes on, life as a log in a Conrad flood. What matter the manner of Stambulov’s death, what of that marvelous dismemberment? What of what Fullmer called the Latins of little ado? Kennedy’s death did not prevent an additional million Vietnamese deaths. Kramberger’s death did not disturb the placid dragons of Ljubljana, a city quite without the capacity for, let’s conjugate some Slovene here, zloveščitude; Ljubljana may be the least sinister capitol city in the world. And all the reporters of Minsk? Reported on, them that lived.
So perhaps for those who know his story, those who survive him, most poignant is the family in the station wagon, an old paneled American affair, husband driving, mother beside, three freckled red heads with elongated necks gawking at the same goddamn countryside that lingers by every time they have to go to the fucking home in Maribor to see Grandpa, who recognizes none of them and never speaks, though the doctor believes him capable, gawking like meerkats, yet not spotting the accordion car up against the tree as they all looked right on the curve, and yet each spotting just on the fringe of the road a tiny automobile, going their way, apparently under its own power, but far too small to make good time.
‘Look at that car.’
The middle meerkat looked back just in time to make it out: 65 GTO
Beltch and Obscure are also dead
And no kind bullet to the head
Obscure belched and hemorrhaged
Mack ‘obscured’ for protests pledged
Both, they say, excessively bled