All posts tagged “David Foster Wallace

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Blog about “The Silvery Veil” allegory in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (and David Foster Wallace’s Madame Psychosis)

This afternoon I got to Ch. XIII of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Blithedale Romance. Titled “Zenobia’s Legend,” most of the chapter is given over to the titular heroine’s tale “The Silvery Veil,” a wonderfully pre-postmodern moment in Hawthorne’s novel. Let’s look lookingly at the layers: The Blithdale… Read More

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The Never-Ending Torture of Unrest | Georg Büchner’s Lenz Reviewed

Composed in 1836, Georg Büchner’s novella-fragment Lenz still seems ahead of its time. While Lenz’s themes of madness, art, and ennui can be found throughout literature, Büchner’s strange, wonderful prose and documentary aims bypass the constraints of his era. Let me share some of that prose. Here is the opening paragraph of Lenz: The 20th, […]

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Three Books

J R by William Gaddis. 1993 trade paperback edition by Penguin. Cover art is a detail of an Associated Gas and Electric Company stock certificate “Courtesy of William Gaddis.” No designer credited. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. 1997 first paperback printing edition by Abacus (Great… Read More