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Life's White Machine: Ben Lerner

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Wood, J. (2012). Life's White Machine: Ben Lerner. In Wood, J. The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 320-326

(noun) the gape of a bird's mouth / (noun) the mouth orifice / (noun) a gaping grin or grimace

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he is sure that he is not attractive enough for his surroundings, and thus 'sets' his face into an interesting rictus

—p.322 by James Wood
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he is sure that he is not attractive enough for his surroundings, and thus 'sets' his face into an interesting rictus

—p.322 by James Wood
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Again, this is funny and wily, but beneath it runs dread, the dread of nullity. For the book's persistent question is: If Adam Gordon were able to summon himself into authenticity, would there be anything to see? Are we in fact constituted by our inauthenticities? When Adam appears on a panel to discuss literature and politics, he has nothing to say, and trots out platitudes that he learns by heart, along with a quotation from Ortega y Gasset ('who I had at one time thought was two people, like Deleuze and Guattari, Calvin and Hobbes'). [...]

—p.324 by James Wood 2 years, 2 months ago

Again, this is funny and wily, but beneath it runs dread, the dread of nullity. For the book's persistent question is: If Adam Gordon were able to summon himself into authenticity, would there be anything to see? Are we in fact constituted by our inauthenticities? When Adam appears on a panel to discuss literature and politics, he has nothing to say, and trots out platitudes that he learns by heart, along with a quotation from Ortega y Gasset ('who I had at one time thought was two people, like Deleuze and Guattari, Calvin and Hobbes'). [...]

—p.324 by James Wood 2 years, 2 months ago

intervened with, through an intermediary

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a fairly familiar postmodern defence of poetry: We are all trapped in modes of inauthenticity, all of us mediated by discourses more powerful than the mere individual's

—p.325 by James Wood
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2 years, 2 months ago

a fairly familiar postmodern defence of poetry: We are all trapped in modes of inauthenticity, all of us mediated by discourses more powerful than the mere individual's

—p.325 by James Wood
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2 years, 2 months ago