Beneath a multi-leveled library is a basement zoo where the writers of the books above are kept.
The zoo has a honeycomb structure sectioned off by narrow hallways running between circular rows of cells filled with a diverse collection of writers.
The zoo has an optimum cross-breeding design. Writers of different type, ability, and degree of stature are paired up in opposite cells with facing bars so they can view only each other.
Parking ticket scribblers face classical versifiers-
Subpoena makers face street poets to produce spontaneous legal writs-
Seminal 'inventives' face shopworn 'derivatives' to make an accessible would be radical with a pioneering gloss-
The forgotten face the immortal-
The touted face the neglected-
The baroque-longwinded face terse aphorists-
Scholarly treatise writers face gossip columnists to make high pulp crops of academic sensation-
A zoo-breeder wanders through the maze of hallways, listening to the congress of burgeoning tete-a-tetes caught up in an infectious meld of snowballing ideas.
The drone of voices reverberates, causing the caked stratum of upper floor tome dust to shift ever so slightly.
Snatches of conversation overheard by diagonally opposite cell occupants are stolen by a web of intersecting plagiarism spreading throughout the honeycomb.
Jewel-kernels lost in the generic stew of blended voices are fished out by zoo-breeder and developed in the throes of invention, while the idle plot to break through the ceilings of their cells invading the upper floors to re-write the books of their neighbors.
At the center of the honeycomb is an incubator where the pairs of the most promising writers chosen by the zoo-breeder are placed to mate and give birth.
When the babies are born the parents are returned to their cells. The zoo-breeder raises the children like a pedantic wet nurse, bringing them to the upper floors for the daily rigours of learning and tome dust castle building, returning them to the incubator where they work themselves up into the prime white heat of prodigyhood--producing seminal works for all posterity to feed off of.
The slow runts who fail to make their mark early, are culled from the revolutionary litter and doomed to wither in a feral state beyond the Zoo-Brary walls.
When the fresh crop of genius comes of age, they are placed in their own cells opposite those of a different type, ability and stature.
The writers are rotated in their cells each time a new generation is added so new pairs face each other.
The inept and barren are weeded out to make room for the new. The promise of future progeny born of fresh pairings keeps evolution inching forward...
As the zoo-breeder puts the works of the new generation on the upper floor shelves, he looks out a window watching the culled orphan from a gossip columnist/classical scholar mismatch who roams the Zoo-Brary grounds waiting to be let in.