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David Foster Wallace and Joshua Ferris on Office Work

David Foster Wallace’s sprawling, painfully incomplete final work, The Pale King, and Joshua Ferris’s first novel, Then We Came to the End, share more than just a publisher in Little, Brown. 881 more words


Infinite Jess, Infinite Jest, Infinite Jesu...

There are countable and uncountable infinities. For example, a countable infinity would be the set containing all real numbers. These are countable because one can count any of the finite elements consecutively: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. 329 more words


Post-Soviet America and Don DeLillo's 'Underworld'

Don DeLillo’s 1997 novel Underworld opens in 1951, at a famous or infamous baseball game, (depending on whether you care more about the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Giants) where Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason and J. 1,030 more words

Poor Yoricks'?

It’s just over a week before we start the countdown, and I thought to add just one more post. Call it the countdown to the countdown. 344 more words


Looking Forward

Reading a new book or watching a new movie has often been both a tool for comfort and a source of adventure for myself. The energy I get from stories and visuals used to leave me feeling frustrated because from there I felt that I needed other people to validate my interests. 1,070 more words


Too Many Notes

Let’s talk infelicitous combinations of artistic form. I’m thinking in particular of Philip Glass’ musical adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony,” which I saw last night. 430 more words

Franz Kafka

Dissonant Unrest

You know those “13.1” or “26.2” stickers that some people have on the backs of their cars to signify that they’ve completed a half or full marathon? 111 more words

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