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He became a scheduling black hole, missing meetings and deadlines as if they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself.

I know the meanings of the words, I know the phrases "black hole" and "fabric of space/time" refer to the Einstein Relativity Theory. But I can not get the meaning of the sentence.

So, Could you please explain it to me?

The fuller text is:

The surgeon cut the tumor out, and Elliot went home. He went back to work. He went back to his family and friends. Everything seemed fine and normal. Then things went horribly wrong. Elliot’s work performance suffered. Tasks that were once a breeze to him now required mountains of concentration and effort. Simple decisions, such as whether to use a blue pen or a black pen, would consume him for hours. He would make basic errors and leave them unfixed for weeks. He became a scheduling black hole, missing meetings and deadlines as if they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself.

  • Did you just create the add tag for this question? – Acccumulation Jun 10 at 17:09
  • It was edited... – Peace Jun 10 at 19:22
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This a rather hyperbolic use of a metaphor. One meaning of [insult](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insult} is "injury to the body or one of its parts". This meaning is normally confined to medical contexts. Here it is first being extended to a very general context, and then used in a figurative way. The suggestion seems to be that "meetings and deadlines" might somehow injure the very fabric of space-time, and so Elliot avoided them with a passion. In short, this actually means that "Elliot missed all his meetings and deadlines".

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"the fabric of space/time" is a very grand thing. Perhaps, the grandest thing in physics as it is about things being held together in the universe. One cannot actually "insult" the fabric of space/time.

Here, the author is using hyperbole (exaggeration).a common literary device, to make his point.

The character was "missing meetings and deadlines" as if these meetings and deadlines were really bad news. As if they were insults to grandest thing in the universe, the fabric of space/time.

Hyperbolic exaggeration: That professor has a gnat's brain.

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