"How I Met Van & Numan Future, Present, Past" is a funny and engaging tale of two clowns, sorry, clones, who stumble into greatness. The thing is, they were made for this. They are the result of humans seeking love, not from their children, because they no longer procreate, but from clones designed by chance to be random. Clones are "the expression of equilibrium in randomness. That's like being a regular person." It seems that advanced technology and the end of love between real people led to science creating flawed copies - the kind we really want.
Brooks book is about the randomness that we crave, even though we claim to like order. For him, "chance is about choice, randomness is about circumstance. Together they facilitate change." Change then is the message.
I wonder if this line from Chairman Le Jour comes right from Brooks' own world view: "If I took anything seriously my sorrow would never end." I think it does. This reminds me of another comedian, Andy Kaufman. Reading "How I Met Van & Numan Future, Present, Past" took me right back to the first time I saw Kaufman perform. I asked myself, "Is this guy serious?" Yeah, he was serious and so is Steve Brooks.