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Other Math

Human Costs, Fractional Selves, and Neoliberal Crisis in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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Severs, J. (2017). Other Math. In Severs, J. David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value. Columbia University Press, pp. 135-166

(noun) one who is naive; derived from French

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a sincere naïf in the mold of Mario and Stecyk

—p.135 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago

a sincere naïf in the mold of Mario and Stecyk

—p.135 by Jeffrey Severs
notable
3 years, 4 months ago
137

[...] this collection refocuses Wallace's interest in accumulation by pointing to the intimate consequences of a phase of capitalist expansion dominated by financialization, a development begun in the 1980s that Giovanni Arrighi identified in 1994 not as a sign of robust value creation but as the "signal crisis of the US regime[] of accumulation" [...]

—p.137 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] this collection refocuses Wallace's interest in accumulation by pointing to the intimate consequences of a phase of capitalist expansion dominated by financialization, a development begun in the 1980s that Giovanni Arrighi identified in 1994 not as a sign of robust value creation but as the "signal crisis of the US regime[] of accumulation" [...]

—p.137 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

(noun) a concept in literary interpretation; the other material supplied by the author(s), editors, printers, and publishers, including front matter, back matter, footnotes, etc (the peritext) as well as the epitext (interviews, correspondence, diaries, etc); as defined by literary theorist Gérard Genette

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Wallace [...] submits readily to analysis in terms of what Gerard Genette calls paratexts

—p.139 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago

Wallace [...] submits readily to analysis in terms of what Gerard Genette calls paratexts

—p.139 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago

uncanny (used by Freud)

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nod to Freud's unheimlich, which arises out of a feeling of resemblance between experiences and phenomena that ought not to exist, according to the conscious mind

—p.143 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago

nod to Freud's unheimlich, which arises out of a feeling of resemblance between experiences and phenomena that ought not to exist, according to the conscious mind

—p.143 by Jeffrey Severs
notable
3 years, 4 months ago
144

[...] While the title "Octet" seems to refer to the projected number of quizzes, Wallace, always seeing microscopic heat transfers as the ultimate arbiter of connection, also points to the Octet Rule of chemistry. [...] More concretely, the Octet Rule is the basis for the body heat one addict offers to another in the opening Quiz, possibly giving up his own life in the process. [...]

what on earth

—p.144 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] While the title "Octet" seems to refer to the projected number of quizzes, Wallace, always seeing microscopic heat transfers as the ultimate arbiter of connection, also points to the Octet Rule of chemistry. [...] More concretely, the Octet Rule is the basis for the body heat one addict offers to another in the opening Quiz, possibly giving up his own life in the process. [...]

what on earth

—p.144 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago
146

[...] Fr how can the interviewee reconcile the support of his upbringing those coins represented with the seeming total evacuation of dignity in the work, that sense the speaker has that the job compromised his father's personhood, that "he brought his work home," in "the fact he wore in the men's room," which his "skull conformed to fit" (BI 90)? Is this work that exacts more human cost from a person than can ever be balanced by money? [...]

about the bathroom attendant in Brief Interviews

—p.146 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] Fr how can the interviewee reconcile the support of his upbringing those coins represented with the seeming total evacuation of dignity in the work, that sense the speaker has that the job compromised his father's personhood, that "he brought his work home," in "the fact he wore in the men's room," which his "skull conformed to fit" (BI 90)? Is this work that exacts more human cost from a person than can ever be balanced by money? [...]

about the bathroom attendant in Brief Interviews

—p.146 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

(adj) relating to parataxis, a grammatical concept involving the placing of clauses or phrases one after another, without words to indicate coordination or subordination, as in "Tell me, how are you?"

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as in the Infinite Jest word-inflation scene to which this paratactic bathroom moment is kin

—p.146 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago

as in the Infinite Jest word-inflation scene to which this paratactic bathroom moment is kin

—p.146 by Jeffrey Severs
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3 years, 4 months ago
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[...] Many times, to Kafkaesque comic effect, the story adds "(i.e., the depressed person)" after pronouns that already clearly identify her (i.e., the depressed person--you get the gag) (BI 50, e.g.). [...]

—p.148 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] Many times, to Kafkaesque comic effect, the story adds "(i.e., the depressed person)" after pronouns that already clearly identify her (i.e., the depressed person--you get the gag) (BI 50, e.g.). [...]

—p.148 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

the kind of high-risk- high-reward behaviour indulged in by former high street bankers and many others which helped lead to the ongoing economic crisis

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"casino capitalism", a description of finance thas grown increasingly common since 2008's gambles were revealed

cool term

—p.157 by Jeffrey Severs
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"casino capitalism", a description of finance thas grown increasingly common since 2008's gambles were revealed

cool term

—p.157 by Jeffrey Severs
notable
3 years, 4 months ago
159

[...] In "(I)" a reader can get away with disdain for Jeni and her shallowness, but "(II)" makes palpable what Smith observes: "If one is used to the consolation of 'character,' ... Wallace is truly a dead end. His stories [are] turned outward, toward us. It's our character that's being investigated (Changing My Mind, 273).

about the unusual two-part structure of Adult World, and Zadie Smith's thoughts on it

—p.159 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] In "(I)" a reader can get away with disdain for Jeni and her shallowness, but "(II)" makes palpable what Smith observes: "If one is used to the consolation of 'character,' ... Wallace is truly a dead end. His stories [are] turned outward, toward us. It's our character that's being investigated (Changing My Mind, 273).

about the unusual two-part structure of Adult World, and Zadie Smith's thoughts on it

—p.159 by Jeffrey Severs 3 years, 4 months ago