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more than they know

“—Never interrupt people when they’re telling you more than they know they are, no matter how mad they make you.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions


it’s unique

“—I really prefer books. No matter how bad a book is, it’s unique, but people are all so ordinary.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions


the intricate labyrinth of her mind

“Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village. 28 more words


The Hysterical Realism Reading List

First Wave:

Vladimir Nabokov—Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), Speak, Memory (1936-66), Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969)

Thomas Pynchon—V. (1963) , Crying of Lot 49… 1,921 more words

Hysterical Realism

it’s plain stupidity

No no no, no it’s plain stupidity Mrs. Booth. There’s much more stupidity than there is malice in the world…

William Gaddis, Carpenter’s Gothic


that sudden familiarity

Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of … recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it and, it shouldn’t be sinful to want to have created beauty?

William Gaddis, The Recognitions


JR - William Gaddis (Prose #6)

Before we go any further here, has it ever occurred to any of you that all this is simply one grand misunderstanding? Since you’re not here to learn anything, but to be taught so you can pass these tests, knowledge has to be organized so it can be taught, and it has to be reduced to information so it can be organized do you follow that?

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