If you’ve ever read The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens–which, surely you haven’t since most Bushwickians only pretend to read–then you’re already familiar with the term “Pickwickian,” meaning “marked by simplicity or generosity” or, alternately, “intended or taken in a sense other than the obvious or literal one.”
Likewise, Bushwickians embody the same exact qualities of the twofold definition. Local linguist and MFA graduate of the Michener Center, Lola Lingua, has been studying the origins of the term Bushwickian in relation to Pickwickian for about five years now and has found evidence that the two words are directly linked. “Although most Bushwickians have no awareness of this literary-spawned term, they are directly affected by it. Mr. Pickwick’s physical shape, interests and personality have been influencing Bushwickians for years,” asserted Lingua.
In particular, Bushwick’s own winner of the Bushwick Mr. Basic Contest can be construed as the ultimate representation of the Pickwickian persona. “The Dickensian saturation in all of our lives–whether we’re aware of it or not–can’t be denied. Mr. Bushwick himself is the everyman embodying the concept of simpleness and jolliness, while still being a symbol for a more sinister underlying meaning,” noted Lingua. Thus, Mr. Bushwick is the modern incarnation of Mr. Pickwick, with the gut and the gall to prove it.
Written by Genna Rivieccio