I find it intreguing how many people worry about Madame Psychosis and her radio show after Joelle has "vanished". Several sections of this book are dedicated to the steps that the MIT radio station takes in the wake of madame psychosis- first Madame diagnosis (who reads scripture in pig-latin, and was generally ill-received. as she should have been), then just playing the background music on loop for an entire hour. People call in, even forge to the basement of the recording studio to inquire about her. the engineer answers phone calls "at once denying and encouraging rumors of suicide, institutionalization, spiritual crisis, silent retreat, pilgrimage to the snow-capped East." People just refuse to let het it go- her show someone captivated them like none of the cartridges or other entertainment did. some "have this firm conviction that Madame was still actually still showing up and sitting there by the mike but not saying anything."
Mario is our only main character that is distraught by the lack of Madame Psychosis on the radio- he loses sleep, and starts wandering the night on insomniac walks. I thought the scene in which he listens to the recorded Madame show was very haunting.
What attracted all these people to Madame Psychosis's show and why are they having such a hard to giving it up? What it because it was a breath of fresh air from the commercialized world? (because it was- and it was also very very weird)
does Joelle know what a strong following her show had?