There is a dark and subversive 1971 novel named “The Dice Man”, in the plot of which a psychologist decides to begin making his life’s decisions based upon the roll of a dice, leading him into all manner of unseemly scrapes and awkward situations.
The novel became something of a cult classic – and it’s not hard to see why, for it’s such an arresting idea: what would actually eventuate if we left the outcomes of our lives purely to chance?
The novel, I recall with a wry smirk, was particularly popular with a large number of students cf. “Let’s roll the dice to see what we should do tonight! And the dice saaay…we must go to the pub!”…(again). [Read more...]