Naipaul wrote of his revulsion at the social habits that Indians seemed to ignore--the defecation in public, the total ignorance of social hygiene, the superstition, hypocrisy, double standards, and the comic and malappropriate
mimicry of the West which he encountered during his year's sojourn.
Nevertheless, a neurosis it is, for, to malappropriate
Hegel, the cunning of my unreason seems to have arranged the decisions I've made in my life precisely so that the realities of both noun and verb (garden and gardening) have always remained just beyond the reach of my desire.
It is not that you suddenly espy Glenn Close dribbling with a knife in her hand, nor do you see your Doppelganger over your shoulder in the mirror; rather, to malappropriate
a Lacanian line, you see an infinite reflection of that which is in you more than yourself, the very identity that links you to those who touch you even when you are out of reach.