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Come to Work

Capitalist Fantasies and the Quest for Balance in The Broom of the System

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an exploration of Broom as an interrogation of work in this era of late capitalism and conspicuous consumption

Severs, J. (2017). Come to Work. In Severs, J. David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value. Columbia University Press, pp. 33-61

(noun) the process of exact thinking; reasoning / (noun) a reasoned train of thought

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At issue is an act of painful balance and ratiocination

—p.34 by Jeffrey Severs
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At issue is an act of painful balance and ratiocination

—p.34 by Jeffrey Severs
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(adjective) of, relating to, or characteristic of Rabelais or his works / (adjective) marked by gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature, or bold naturalism

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Broom thus offers a bracingly Rabelaisian account of a postmodern capitalism

—p.37 by Jeffrey Severs
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Broom thus offers a bracingly Rabelaisian account of a postmodern capitalism

—p.37 by Jeffrey Severs
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(adjective) bygone former / (noun) past tense

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built over centuries a secular infrastruture predicated on damning the preterite

—p.39 by Jeffrey Severs
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built over centuries a secular infrastruture predicated on damning the preterite

—p.39 by Jeffrey Severs
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[...] the drug's use of "cattle-endocrine derivative" (B 149) suggests, via the etymological links between cattle and capital the making of humans themselves into pliable capital.

is it just me or is this total BS? not only is it probably unintentionally, it's hard to see it as anything more than a coincidence

—p.41 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

[...] the drug's use of "cattle-endocrine derivative" (B 149) suggests, via the etymological links between cattle and capital the making of humans themselves into pliable capital.

is it just me or is this total BS? not only is it probably unintentionally, it's hard to see it as anything more than a coincidence

—p.41 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

hew (en)

(verb) to cut with blows of a heavy cutting instrument / (verb) to fell by blows of an ax / (verb) to give form or shape to with or as if with heavy cutting blows / (verb) to make cutting blows / (verb) conform adhere / (abbreviation) Department of Health, Education, and Welfare / (verb) to hew (as timber) coarsely without smoothing or finishing / (verb) to form crudely

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the way this state was historically hewn out of the wilderness

—p.42 by Jeffrey Severs
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the way this state was historically hewn out of the wilderness

—p.42 by Jeffrey Severs
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(from Greek) analogous to the English concepts of being and ontic used in contemporary philosophy; one of Heidegger's pet concepts (meaning Being)

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"[...] ousia taken as oikos, everyday household life, house and hearth"

quoting someone referring to Heidegger's views on Aristotle's definition of ousia

—p.43 by Jeffrey Severs
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"[...] ousia taken as oikos, everyday household life, house and hearth"

quoting someone referring to Heidegger's views on Aristotle's definition of ousia

—p.43 by Jeffrey Severs
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philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence in which the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world

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Wallace's thinking was almost always about immanence

—p.45 by Jeffrey Severs
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Wallace's thinking was almost always about immanence

—p.45 by Jeffrey Severs
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Rick's R.V. initials [...] translate to random variable in mathematical parlance, whereas Lenore often has the qualities of a constant.

two questions. 1) did DFW intend this and 2) does it even MATTER (i.e., does it add to the extraction of meaning from the text in any way or is it all BS)

—p.46 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

Rick's R.V. initials [...] translate to random variable in mathematical parlance, whereas Lenore often has the qualities of a constant.

two questions. 1) did DFW intend this and 2) does it even MATTER (i.e., does it add to the extraction of meaning from the text in any way or is it all BS)

—p.46 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

(adjective) of, relating to, or consisting of a name or names

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there is no way to do real work and thus provide real value or energy, Wallace's onomastics imply, without pulling one's weight

—p.48 by Jeffrey Severs
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there is no way to do real work and thus provide real value or energy, Wallace's onomastics imply, without pulling one's weight

—p.48 by Jeffrey Severs
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(noun) a reminder of mortality / (noun) death's-head

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To be aware of the central Wallace trope of memento mori is not to take up Yorick's skull

—p.49 by Jeffrey Severs
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To be aware of the central Wallace trope of memento mori is not to take up Yorick's skull

—p.49 by Jeffrey Severs
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The Stonecipheco minion Neil Obstat Jr., meanwhile, is named for the phrase of papal censorship, nihil obstat ("nothing hinders"), in a corollary to legalistic control over language.

ok this is why I read lit crit shit like this. i wouldn't have caught this reference myself

—p.50 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

The Stonecipheco minion Neil Obstat Jr., meanwhile, is named for the phrase of papal censorship, nihil obstat ("nothing hinders"), in a corollary to legalistic control over language.

ok this is why I read lit crit shit like this. i wouldn't have caught this reference myself

—p.50 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

(Latin for "nothing hinders"; used in the Roman Catholic Church) a certification by an official censor that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds

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The Stonecipheco minion Neil Obstat Jr., meanwhile, is named for the phrase of papal censorship, nihil obstat ("nothing hinders"), in a corollary to legalistic control over language.

—p.50 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 5 months ago

The Stonecipheco minion Neil Obstat Jr., meanwhile, is named for the phrase of papal censorship, nihil obstat ("nothing hinders"), in a corollary to legalistic control over language.

—p.50 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 5 months ago
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N.R.K., Keller's initials, together sound like "anarchy", and this order that philosophy might bring to this nervous boy should allow him to grow up, or somehow rise (keller is German for basement).

I think this whole sentence is utter BS

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

N.R.K., Keller's initials, together sound like "anarchy", and this order that philosophy might bring to this nervous boy should allow him to grow up, or somehow rise (keller is German for basement).

I think this whole sentence is utter BS

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

German for "Being for oneself"; a concept used by Hegel?

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Hegel's all-important category of Fursichsein

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs
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Hegel's all-important category of Fursichsein

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs
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basement

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defined to support a dubious assertion about a character named Keller

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs
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defined to support a dubious assertion about a character named Keller

—p.55 by Jeffrey Severs
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religious figures in medieval Scotland who solicited donations on the promise of praying for their benefactors

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another dubious claim (Lenore Beadsman)

—p.58 by Jeffrey Severs
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another dubious claim (Lenore Beadsman)

—p.58 by Jeffrey Severs
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[...] the open-ended, state-run lottery is a salutary vision: in losing week after week, Lenore is actually paying into a civic fund that is not unlike taxes, a fund of commonwealth that the young Wallace tentatively steps toward here. Many U.S. lotteries have historically been legally set up to support states' public-education systems, another sign of Lenore's involvement with learning (though increasingly such claims about state lotteries are truthless advertising).

1) taxes are at least supposed to be a lot more progressive than lottery systems

2) this is so irrelevant and thus BS it's not even funny

—p.59 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago

[...] the open-ended, state-run lottery is a salutary vision: in losing week after week, Lenore is actually paying into a civic fund that is not unlike taxes, a fund of commonwealth that the young Wallace tentatively steps toward here. Many U.S. lotteries have historically been legally set up to support states' public-education systems, another sign of Lenore's involvement with learning (though increasingly such claims about state lotteries are truthless advertising).

1) taxes are at least supposed to be a lot more progressive than lottery systems

2) this is so irrelevant and thus BS it's not even funny

—p.59 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 5 months ago