It really is a pity that he hasn’t got a Twelfth Century at his disposal.
~ Robert Walser, Jakob von Gunten
My ophthalmologist will introduce me to his twelfth century later today when he removes a chalazion cyst from my left eyelid. I made the grave mistake of watching a video clip of the procedure, which brilliantly combined memorable scenes from A Clockwork Orange and Un Chien Andalou. My pain threshold is nothing exalted and I won’t get more than local anaesthesia. But who could pass up the chance for a little time travel?