When is a metaphor not just a metaphor?

The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country’s love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public’s insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

As only in the person of Hugh Person, the metaphysics of the situation keep churning in on themselves. Everything stands for something else until we have to begin literally tagging basic elements again into intelligible units of meaning.

Thanks, JL.