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“Mr. Gibson purchased the property in 2007, paying $25.8 million and it is rumored that Lady Gaga could be the new owner. Local newspapers have been reporting that the actor has sold the property to the pop artist and that Ms. Gaga is expected to visit Costa Rica shortly to experience Pura Vida first hand.”


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Well, beggar my belief!

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      There’d be a risk — a big risk — of creating something cocooned so thickly in its own esoteric mythology that it would lose its connection with, and relevance to, the actual factual non-fictional world, and so lose its reason for being, BUT: Lives of Famous Catholics could conceivably create its own internally-consistent ‘secret history’ of famous Catholics. That is, the fictionalized elements of one story could carry over to another. Lady Gaga could buy Mel Gibson’s [real] Costa Rican estate, discover the [fictional] Oberammergau costume in the chapel, and incorporate said costume into her act.

      The trick to doing this right, I think, would be to make any such crossover references absolutely inessential to understanding or enjoying the story. They would be totally incidental, marginal details, to be spotted or not by people who’ve read the other stories.

      So consider this comment a throwaway thought about throwaway details.

  2. The property is really the movie rights to II Macabees.

  3. Jonathan Potter says

    God’s finger is on you, Matthew.

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