Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Decemberists’ “Calamity Song” and Eschaton

I just remembered this video by The Decemberists for their song “Calamity Song” that depicts Eschaton and I thought I’d share. Enjoy.

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The Function of Art in Infinite Jest

A bit of a digression here, but something that piqued my interest: what is Wallace doing with all the art allusions? The word “baroque” comes up three times alone in the Boston AA chapter (344, 346, 359), and while of … Continue reading

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Close (Infinite) Reading 1

“He thought very broadly of desires and ideas being watched but not acted upon, the thought of impulses being starved of expression and drying out and floating dryly away, and felt on some level that this had something to do … Continue reading

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A Heideggerian Perspective: How Infinite Jest Explores Modern Technology’s Corrosive Essence

In our last class I made some confused attempt to say that Hal’s obsession with (or inclination toward) using OED definitions, grammatically correct syntax and specific word usage (when he feels like it, at least) reminded me of something that … Continue reading

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The Portrayal of Addiction Through Focus

“This is the most deliberate she’s been able to be in at least a year. She turns the sink’s C knob and lets the water get really cold, then cranks the volume back to a trickle and fills the rest … Continue reading

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Close Reading 1: James Sr. Lecturing James Jr. in 1960 – 1/27/15

“Son, you’re ten, and this is hard news for somebody ten, even if you’re almost five-eleven, a possible pituitary freak. Son, you’re a body, son.  That quick little scientific-prodigy’s mind she’s so proud of and won’t quit twittering about:  son, … Continue reading

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This is my position(?): Tiny Ewell and the problem of talking to yourself

‘I’m not denying anything. I’m simply asking you to define “alcoholic.” How can you ask me to attribute to myself a given term if you refuse to define the term’s meaning? I’ve been a reasonably successful personal-injury attorney for sixteen … Continue reading

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