What is it?
For those vaguely interested in the odd name of my blog, here's some information.
Russell Hoban wrote a book entitled "The Mouse and His Child". You can read more here.
Briefly, it concerns a wind-up toy father mouse and his son whom he holds by the hands. When wound up, the father walks in circles and raises and lowers his son. The story is an account of their adventures and their quest to become self-winding and find their family. It is long, exciting, full of metaphor, and I really loved reading it to my children. At one point the father and son end up at the bottom of a pond, and it seems that all is lost. The son has nothing to look at but an old dog-food can that is illustrated with a dog holding a tray upon which is a can of the dog food, on the label of which is a dog holding a tray with a can of dog food, upon which is a picture of a dog... and so on. The 'last visible dog' is the smallest dog that can be seen before the son's eyes began to blur and all that he can see is the space between the printed dots. Beyond the LVD there appears to be nothing except blankness. That is, until the last tiny dog is removed and the shine of the can is revealed. And the future. Because the reflection of the son's own face becomes a metaphor for self-determination. He realises that 'if it's to be, it's up to me', and finally contrives a way to get them out of the pond and resuming their journey.
I suppose, strictly speaking, my blog should be called 'Beyond the Last Visible Dog'.
But I'm not changing it now.