The first sentence of the article The brilliance of Richard Brautigan by Sarah Hall reads as follows:

Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture: bursting with colour, humour and imagery, Brautigan’s virtuoso prose is rooted in his rural past – and that’s what draws me in

In another part of the text we can read the following:

Surrealism meets folk meets scat?

What's the explanation and meaning for a structure of the type "X meets Y meets Z"?

English is not my native language.

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    It means “a mashup of C, Y, and Z”, or “a potpourri of X, Y, and Z”, or most simply, read the verb meet in those contexts as plus.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 20:44
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    A juxtaposition of those three things, with no real implication that the result is good or bad. (Note that "beat", in this sense, refers to the "beat culture" of "beatniks".)
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 21:02
  • Research might have shown that "X meets Y meets Z" means roughly, "X overlaps with Y overlaps with Z". Does that make sense? Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 1:07

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It means that what you're describing has been created by combining some or all of the individual qualities of X, Y and Z together. X, Y and Z are often unrelated or even opposed to one another; the points of connection among them are usually not apparent; and the result of the combination is typically unique.

To me, "X overlaps Y overlaps Z" describes a different situation, where X, Y and Z might be similar or related; and the points of connection among them might be defined, apparent or even obvious.

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