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Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think

Re John Updike's Toward the End of Time

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about John Updike's tendency to write protagonists who are all the same sort of guy and really just reflections of himself, and how sometimes Updike has moments where he's able to write really great prose but lately it's all been the same narcissistic crap

Foster Wallace, D. (2007). Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think. In Foster Wallace, D. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. Abacus, pp. 51-59

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[...] When a solipsist dies, after all, everything goes with him. [...]

just a great line

—p.51 by David Foster Wallace 2 years, 1 month ago

[...] When a solipsist dies, after all, everything goes with him. [...]

just a great line

—p.51 by David Foster Wallace 2 years, 1 month ago

uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a man

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though always heterosexual to the point of satyriasis, they especially don’t love women

—p.53 by David Foster Wallace
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2 years, 1 month ago

though always heterosexual to the point of satyriasis, they especially don’t love women

—p.53 by David Foster Wallace
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2 years, 1 month ago

lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group, which lessens social cohesion and fosters decline; popularized by French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his influential book Suicide

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today’s subforties have very different horrors, prominent among which are anomie and solipsism and a peculiarly American loneliness: the prospect of dying without even once having loved something more than yourself

—p.54 by David Foster Wallace
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2 years, 1 month ago

today’s subforties have very different horrors, prominent among which are anomie and solipsism and a peculiarly American loneliness: the prospect of dying without even once having loved something more than yourself

—p.54 by David Foster Wallace
notable
2 years, 1 month ago

(noun) a literary term coined by Alexander Pope to describe to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity (an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous); adj is "bathetic"

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The clunky bathos of this novel seems to have infected even the line-by-line prose, Updike’s great strength for almost forty years.

—p.57 by David Foster Wallace
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2 years, 1 month ago

The clunky bathos of this novel seems to have infected even the line-by-line prose, Updike’s great strength for almost forty years.

—p.57 by David Foster Wallace
notable
2 years, 1 month ago