As for what's inspiring this train of thought (which is a lot less frustrated than it may seem--my brain is doing that teasing-out thing that it does quite often when I get a little whiff of something interesting and abstract and contradictory within my world) is an opening act that I'm participating in next Friday at Hubba Hubba Revue. Now, this is an act that I may have simultaneously thought up alongside those who put it in motion, but for me to participate will require... effort. What effort? Slicking back my hair.
This should be interesting.