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No knightly hero | Gravity’s Rainbow, annotations and illustrations for page 364

Toward dusk, the black birds descend, millions 1  of them, to sit in the branches of trees nearby. The trees grow heavy with black birds, branches like dendrites of the Nervous System 

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Gravity’s Rainbow, annotations and illustrations for page 299 | Some of us love to be taken under mountains, and not always with horny expectations

There is that not-so-rare personality disorder known as Tannhäuserism 1 . Some of us love to be taken under mountains, and not always with horny expectations 

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Bob ... Yes BOB ... Wins the Nobel!

There are some statements one never expects to read:

“Scientists have confirmed the existence of a large number of living Dinosaurs occupying vast tracts of present-day North Korea.” 975 more words

Books, Reading, Writing

V – Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon’s debut novel V is a brilliantly eccentric mindscrew.

Benny Profane is a former navy sailor searching for work and meaning in New York, while his eccentric acquaintance Herbert Stencil obsessively hunts for anything he can find on V, an enigmatic woman mentioned only once in his father’s journal. 634 more words


Beyond cyberspace

Recently, I’ve been reading the work of Norbert Wiener, the mathematician and polymath best known as the founder of cybernetics. Wiener plays a small but pivotal role in my book… 1,116 more words


Leave Elena Ferrante alone

Elena Ferrante’s books have been on my mental “To Be Read” list since they first started attracting widespread attention a couple years ago. I knew two things: they were apparently wonderful and the author’s name was a pseudonym. 517 more words


David Foster Wallace: "I’d need some kind of cogent explanation of what Generation X is"

Today, I somehow ended up listening to a “rare” 1996 David Foster Wallace interview on Boston’s The Connection (I was purging a bunch of old stuff, student work, in my office, and, as I often do, put on YouTube as a distraction—the interview popped up after another vid I can’t recall, but one that featured DFW reading too). 739 more words