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Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow' and the difficulty of endings

For novels like Gravity’s Rainbow, or novels within the tradition of novels like Gravity’s Rainbow, where the length or complexity thereof acts to a certain extent as a deterrent, endings are difficult things. 1,694 more words

"unalloyed pleasure"

“As the internet grows in the next 10, 15 years and virtual reality pornography becomes a reality, we’re going to have to develop some real machinery inside our guts to turn off pure unalloyed pleasure or—I don’t know about you—but I’m going to have to leave the planet.

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I think I think Fuzzy Thoughts Now

This book is using up all my mental energy and all the focus I can muster because OH MY GOD it took me an hour to read 10 pages (yes, my concentration is that bad. 218 more words


Ode on a Grecian Urn

 “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all

                Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

Ah, Keats. My darling. If only it were that simple. 1,127 more words


Jesus' Son: Dysfunction and Redemption

Sure, Denis Johnson calls this a collection of short stories, but really it is a series of vignettes narrated by the same character in a very disjointed manner. 995 more words

The Play's the Thing

“The play’s the thing,” Hamlet declares in Act II: Scene II of Hamlet, “Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (582-3). With this, Shakespeare’s titular character finally decides to take action after two full acts spent in a perpetual limbo of indecision. 1,003 more words


somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

For those of you who recognize the title of this week’s blog post, hang in there – I’m going to explain why I chose it in just a few moments. 953 more words