differences

17 February 2011 at 07:29 Leave a comment

Twenty years ago, David Foster Wallace wrote an essay in which he worried that his generation of post-modernists had fallen into a trap, an irony he called “televisual,” with the TV gaze of “the girl who’s dancing with you but who would rather be dancing with someone else”. Allegra Goodman is in no danger of falling into this ironic trap. Her fiction exists in a stable, meaningful world. Meanwhile Franzen’s whole career is a struggle to get out of it.

Gabriel Brownstein, How to turn a great American novel into a Great one.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 3 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 4 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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