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“Tailspin” By Christine Wilks, A Digitally Poetic Memoir

Tailspin, by Christine Wilks, uses sounds to give us the story of a grandfather, stricken with tinnitus which cuts across communication with his children and grandchildren. As we move around the opening page we hear the children’s noise overlaid with … Continue reading

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Reagan Library as Operationalized Rhizomatic Semiotics

Deleuze and Guatarri argue that traditional thought, philosophy (or at least our traditional understanding of such) is tree-like, in that it follows a linear pattern, branching off at various clearly-defined points. In these systems there is an origin, an end … Continue reading

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“There is an ending as far as I’m concerned.”

DFW: There is an ending as far as I’m concerned. Certain kind of parallel lines are supposed to start converging in such a way that an “end” can be projected by the reader somewhere beyond the right frame. If no … Continue reading

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Paul Giles, “Sentimental Posthumanism: David Foster Wallace”

For Paul Giles, Wallace’s works envisage a world in which technology has flattened the playing field of institutional access, privilege and perspective, such that the “geographic materialism” and sublimated institutional cartography that made claims about the value of urban and rural spaces … 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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