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One describes a tale best by telling the tale. You see? The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world, is by telling the story. It is a balancing act and it is a dream. The more accurate the map, the more it resembles the territory. The most accurate map possible would be the territory, and thus would be perfectly accurate and perfectly useless.
The tale is the map which is the territory.
You must remember this.

–From the Notebooks of Mr. Ibis

In Chapter Nineteen, Shadow travels with Mr. Nancy to his home in Florida where they spend a night out singing karaoke. Shadow soon leaves Mr. Nancy because "the ice is melting."


Shadow and Mr. Nancy drive to Mr. Nancy's home in Florida. Mr. Nancy takes Shadow out to a bar and they sing karaoke together. Shadow dreams of the Buffalo Man that night and awakens the next morning with a hangover and Mr. Nancy making breakfast. Mr. Nancy goes to a trunk to retrieve some aspirin, jogging Shadow's memory about something to do with trunks. He quickly leaves Mr. Nancy's because "the ice is melting."



Shadow dreams of the Buffalo Man who tells him he did well and brought peace. Shadow asks him if he is a god and the Buffalo-headed man replies that he is the land.

Coin tricks[]


  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Cave


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  • Musical References:
    • What's New, Pussycat?
    • The Way You Look Tonight
    • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood