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This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

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"A Paradigm for the Life of Consciousness": The Pale King

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some context for TPK. on Sylvanshine and the other accountants. the influence of An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis. Toni Ware as a representative for Easton Ellis' writing. on fiction and how it can fight against alienation. mentions Strangers to Ourselves by Timothy Wilson (which DFW read while working on TPK). on the role of consciousness as preventing us from being overwhelmed (connects with previous section)

J. Burn, S. (2014). "A Paradigm for the Life of Consciousness": The Pale King. In ? David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 149-168

relating to a church parish; having a limited or narrow outlook or scope

(noun) a painkilling drug or medicine

157

Among Wallace's notes for The Pale King are scattered references to Walker Percy's nonfiction, specifically to his volume The Message in the Bottle [...] the essay from Percy's book that most directly engages with The Pale King is "The Man on the Train" [...]

Percy begins the essay by identifying his focus upon the "literature of alienation", which is of course the title of a class Fogle takes (184). But Percy's argument is that this body of literature is, in fact, an inverted category.

[...]

In this imaginative union, I'd suggest, there's a clear precedent for Wallace's own belief in fiction's ability to invert loneliness [...]

read his stuff. about aesthetic reversal of alienation (diff between an alienated person, and someone reading about an alienated person; the latter is able to transcend the alienation)

—p.157 by Stephen J. Burn 1 year, 8 months ago

Among Wallace's notes for The Pale King are scattered references to Walker Percy's nonfiction, specifically to his volume The Message in the Bottle [...] the essay from Percy's book that most directly engages with The Pale King is "The Man on the Train" [...]

Percy begins the essay by identifying his focus upon the "literature of alienation", which is of course the title of a class Fogle takes (184). But Percy's argument is that this body of literature is, in fact, an inverted category.

[...]

In this imaginative union, I'd suggest, there's a clear precedent for Wallace's own belief in fiction's ability to invert loneliness [...]

read his stuff. about aesthetic reversal of alienation (diff between an alienated person, and someone reading about an alienated person; the latter is able to transcend the alienation)

—p.157 by Stephen J. Burn 1 year, 8 months ago

generally considered or reputed to be; alleged; presumed

(in ancient Greece) a young man of 18–20 years undergoing military training

a type of assessment of participants where the focus is on the outcome of a program

in a slanting or oblique position

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canted rust

quoted from TPK

—p.161 by David Foster Wallace
strange
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canted rust

quoted from TPK

—p.161 by David Foster Wallace
strange
1 year, 10 months ago

(Greek mythology) the primordial god of darkness; the shadowy realm between Earth and Hades in Homeric myth

161

referring to TPK

—p.161 by Stephen J. Burn
uncertain
1 year, 10 months ago

referring to TPK

—p.161 by Stephen J. Burn
uncertain
1 year, 10 months ago

(adjective) extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding; refers to the River Styx of the underworld Hades in Greek mythology;

161

stygian darkness

—p.161 by Stephen J. Burn
unknown
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stygian darkness

—p.161 by Stephen J. Burn
unknown
1 year, 10 months ago

a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme

a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source

having many varied parts or aspects; multifaceted