By Mike Dorf
I recently received a package, which, upon unwrapping, I discovered contained a bobblehead. Here's a pic:
A moment's observation reveals that the bobblehead is a likeness (more or less) of me, as verified below:
But the package contained no card or other identification of the sender. It came from an address in China via a website that enables users to upload a photo to create a custom bobblehead. The slogan on the base is "Damn the Absolute," which is a quotation of William James. To my knowledge, I've never said "Damn the Absolute," although I have on various occasions expressed admiration for the views of William James and other American pragmatist philosophers.
So we have a mystery. Who sent me this bobblehead? Was it meant affectionately, as it appears? Or is it insidious? Perhaps there's a tiny listening device implanted in it? Anyway, sender, please reveal yourself (either on or off list, as you choose) so that I can properly thank you (or get a restraining order).