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Trickle-Down Citizenship: Taxes and Civic Responsibility in The Pale King

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TPK is the only novel not set in the future (instead, reconstructed historical past). the two broad arcs that DFW noted for TPK (in his notes) are:

  1. Paying attention, boredom, ADD, Machines vs. people at performing mindless jobs.
  2. Being individual vs. being part of larger things--paying taxes, being "lone gun" in IRS vs. team player (545).

on the 1981 Reagan tax cuts mentioned in the Author's Foreword, and how they inspired the (probably) fictional Spackman Initiative. goes into some of the political context (both recent and historical) around this stuff. about how TPK was intended to change the misleading way Americans (as a country) talk about taxes (i.e., focusing on the fiscal elements and not the civic duty aspect). the author is very forthcoming in his anti-Republican views lol I like it

Boswell, M. (2014). Trickle-Down Citizenship: Taxes and Civic Responsibility in The Pale King. In ? David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 209-271

(verb) depict or describe in painting or words; suffuse or highlight (something) with a bright color or light

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this description of Wallace's primary purpose limns seamlessly with [...]

—p.210 by Marshall Boswell
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this description of Wallace's primary purpose limns seamlessly with [...]

—p.210 by Marshall Boswell
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a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians

sincerity, straightforwardness, lacking in metafictional irony or subtlety

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quoted from SFT

—p.216 by Marshall Boswell
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quoted from SFT

—p.216 by Marshall Boswell
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the opposite or counterpart of a fact or truth; the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design

loud, reverberating, and often melancholy

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chorus of plangent cries

—p.224 by Marshall Boswell
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chorus of plangent cries

—p.224 by Marshall Boswell
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