It started out as a typically insane idea to map every part of the published text in terms of its manuscript provenance and history, and to establish the cultural meaning of the book, part and whole.
Writing a book is incredibly pleasurable, but very solitary. You have total control, but sometimes that can drive you insane.
Anyone who thinks consumption can expand forever on a finite planet is either insane or an economist.
I think that the insane desire one has sometimes to bang and kick grumblers and peevish persons is a Divine instinct.