LitStaff Pick:Supporting (or Secondary) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

John Watson
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
Douglas Adams

It seemed to me,” said Wonko the Sane, “that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a package of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane.”

So speaks John Watson in Douglas Adams’ fourth book in the Hitchhiker’s “trilogy”, So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. Arthur and Fenchurch visit him to learn about the dolphins. John is a former marine biologist who decided one day that the outside world has lost its sanity, as evidenced by the need for detailed instructions for toothpick use. So he built an asylum for the entire world. He spends his days visiting with angels that have golden beards and green wings and Dr Scholl sandals, remaining ever hopeful that the world will one day be returned to sanity.

As if that wasn’t captivating enough, Douglas’ description of Wonko seals the deal.

If you took a couple of David Bowies and stuck one of the David Bowies on the top of the other David Bowie, then attached another David Bowie to the end of each of the arms of the upper of the first two David Bowies and wrapped the whole business up in a dirty beach robe you would then have something which didn’t exactly look like John Watson, but which those who knew him would find hauntingly familiar.”

Yes…I would love to read more of John…

-Brian Horne

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