The footage was grainy, and the black-and-white palette gave the slides an eerie, immutable feel: a wall of solid flame in the Andes, Alaskan glacial collisions, the great thumbprint of an old comet in the Yucatán. What frightened me more than the images was the silence that accompanied the jumpy stills. Kiwi made us after-hours caramel popcorn and we screened these cataclysms on the hairy tiki walls of the Swamp Café, the three of us crunching loudly. Swamplandia! (a novel) Is tiki some kind of fabric or wallpaper? Why hairy? I could only find it defined as 'large wood and stone carvings of humanoid forms in Central Eastern Polynesian cultures of the Pacific Ocean' in Wiki. But it doesn't fit in the context. Please help. Thank you.