That’s hard ta say,” said the little chief. “Ya can’t never predict what old Coyote will do. Just about everything that could turn out two ways or more was invented by him, back when he Changed the world the first time. Before that, as ya may or may not know, everything could only turn out one way. There weren’t no crossroads, fer instance. Only straight paths that didn’t bend. Toss a coin, it always came up heads. And nobody died. That’s one o’ the things Coyote changed. He brought the wobble inta the world. Everything that turns out one way but could just as easy turn out the other. Good or bad. Dead or alive. Hungry or with yer belly nice and full.

– Michael Chabon in his brilliant new book Summerland

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