I like this idea. Re-reading some things that have appeared on Ron Silliman's train of knowledge.
Sounds like it resonates with my experience of the last few years. Life post-2003 that is. Yes, there was life after entertainment. Hm..one can forget. Except that I'm not learning a foreign language currently, for shame.
The term "trickster" is a difficulty, but I am curious about the books.