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The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

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Specially Marked Packages

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this was sooo good. very DFW. reminded me a bit of Why Bother too

Sorrentino, C. (1996). Specially Marked Packages. In ? The Future of Fiction. Dalkey Archive Press, pp. 91-99

(noun) a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication / (noun) conference discussion / (noun) idle talk / (noun) misleading or beguiling speech / (verb) to talk profusely or idly / (verb) parley / (verb) to use palaver to; cajole

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all that stupid palaver about "untapped potential"

—p.91 by Christopher Sorrentino
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all that stupid palaver about "untapped potential"

—p.91 by Christopher Sorrentino
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(noun) a condition of weariness or debility; fatigue / (noun) a condition of listlessness; languor

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the moribund progress of their gross intellectual lassitude

—p.91 by Christopher Sorrentino
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the moribund progress of their gross intellectual lassitude

—p.91 by Christopher Sorrentino
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92

There's also the possibility that in a society as deracinated and stripped of tradition and continuity [...] as our own, the void that emptily exists where common experience would ordinarily repose is filled by elements of popular culture so anchored to a specific time that they become part of the lingua franca, staples of the manufactured conversation, endlessly in medias res, that takes the place of shared heritage. In effect, trends in television, movies and popular music and fake nostalgia for their various incarnations are our shared conscious heritage (in other words, Nick at Nite is not kidding), in a way that literature can never be, since fiction blasts aside most temporal restrictions with its persistent availability, as opposed to the unavoidability of popular culture [...]

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino 1 year, 9 months ago

There's also the possibility that in a society as deracinated and stripped of tradition and continuity [...] as our own, the void that emptily exists where common experience would ordinarily repose is filled by elements of popular culture so anchored to a specific time that they become part of the lingua franca, staples of the manufactured conversation, endlessly in medias res, that takes the place of shared heritage. In effect, trends in television, movies and popular music and fake nostalgia for their various incarnations are our shared conscious heritage (in other words, Nick at Nite is not kidding), in a way that literature can never be, since fiction blasts aside most temporal restrictions with its persistent availability, as opposed to the unavoidability of popular culture [...]

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino 1 year, 9 months ago

(verb) uproot / (verb) to remove or separate from a native environment or culture / (verb) to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from

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in a society as deracinated and stripped of tradition and continuity

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino
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in a society as deracinated and stripped of tradition and continuity

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino
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(adjective) difficult knotty / (adjective) ; rough to the touch; as / (adjective) having small raised dots, scales, or points / (adjective) covered with raised, roughened, or unwholesome patches / (adjective) dealing with suggestive, indecent, or scandalous themes; salacious / (adjective) squalid

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sneak such scabrousness in through the back door

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino
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sneak such scabrousness in through the back door

—p.92 by Christopher Sorrentino
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(adjective) being less dense / (adjective) of, relating to, or interesting to a select group; esoteric / (adjective) very high / (verb) to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense; to expand without the addition of matter / (verb) to make more spiritual, refined, or abstruse / (verb) to become less dense

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this is an increasingly irrelevant and rarefied end, consigned to the specialists

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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this is an increasingly irrelevant and rarefied end, consigned to the specialists

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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(adjective) playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering / (adjective) softly bright or radiant / (adjective) marked by lightness or brilliance especially of expression

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They spend lambent, warm afternoons sequestered in quiet rooms.

on writers. god i love this word

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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They spend lambent, warm afternoons sequestered in quiet rooms.

on writers. god i love this word

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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(noun) asp / (noun) a clear savory jelly (as of fish or meat stock) used as a garnish or to make a meat, fish, or vegetable mold

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without any uniformity as to time and place of dissemination to serve as communal aspic

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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without any uniformity as to time and place of dissemination to serve as communal aspic

—p.93 by Christopher Sorrentino
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95

[...] Many of the books currently being manufactured as part of a "Generation X" "movement" have at their dead cold centers the vacillating heart of the advertising executive. Kept aloft--that is, "relevant"--by a constant barrage of moronic platitudes concerning the meaninglessness of life (as if this were a new discovery), the emptiness of the sexual relationship (the latter-day democratization of whose romantic aspects is a dwindling luxury afforded by high capitalism's temporary redistribution of wealth), the absence of God [...] the narrator immediately reveals that what the second-person protagonist--implicitly the reader--really desires is re-entry into the world of middlebrow pleasures: a Ralph Lauren Sunday brunch of croissants, the Times, and a nice clean girl. [...]

—p.95 by Christopher Sorrentino 1 year, 9 months ago

[...] Many of the books currently being manufactured as part of a "Generation X" "movement" have at their dead cold centers the vacillating heart of the advertising executive. Kept aloft--that is, "relevant"--by a constant barrage of moronic platitudes concerning the meaninglessness of life (as if this were a new discovery), the emptiness of the sexual relationship (the latter-day democratization of whose romantic aspects is a dwindling luxury afforded by high capitalism's temporary redistribution of wealth), the absence of God [...] the narrator immediately reveals that what the second-person protagonist--implicitly the reader--really desires is re-entry into the world of middlebrow pleasures: a Ralph Lauren Sunday brunch of croissants, the Times, and a nice clean girl. [...]

—p.95 by Christopher Sorrentino 1 year, 9 months ago

(noun) divination from auspices or omens / noun) omen, portent

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ultimately serves as an augury of the way out

—p.95 by Christopher Sorrentino
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ultimately serves as an augury of the way out

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(adjective) keen, sharp / (adjective) vigorously effective and articulate / (adjective) caustic / (adjective) sharply perceptive; penetrating / (adjective) clear-cut, distinct

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its trenchant edge is somewhat blunted by the passage of time

—p.98 by Christopher Sorrentino
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its trenchant edge is somewhat blunted by the passage of time

—p.98 by Christopher Sorrentino
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