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  1. "Input" could be a parody of business/economic jargon: the idea that the fish's death is as predictable as the raw materials and resources required for a finished product.

  2. Barthelme's stories are often parodies of something else, and he constantly plays with the meanings of words or otherwise attempts to subvert the reader's expectations through extensive non-sequitur. In other words, he writes many passages that are, like this one, intentionally absurd.

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