GUSENSTEIN'S GALAXIES is a paradoxical epic of self-exploration via external machinations. The surreal meanders into the real. Symbols mirror the imaginer. The natural world mutates into solipsism. Animals anthropomorphize and weather simulates mood. It's a quirky, psychological odyssey of discovery through a bizarro self-obfuscation, and it argues that this is the most luminous route to take. Our truest selves are known only when we quantumly leap outside ourselves—freed from bias, ignorance, and the fictions in which consciousness swims.