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another Author Here section. about his arrival for intake processing (sitting next to David Cusk, special welcome from Ms. Neti-Neti)

Foster Wallace, D. (2012). §24. In Foster Wallace, D. The Pale King. Penguin, pp. 258-311

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[...] the point is that I journeyed to Peoria on whatever particular day in May from my family's home in Philo, to which my brief return had been shall we say untriumphant, and where certain members of my family had more or less been looking at their watches impatiently the whole brief time I was home. Without mentioning or identifying anyone in particular, let's just say that the prevailing attitude in my family tended to be 'What have you done for me lately?' [...] It was a bit like a for-profit company, my family, in that you were pretty much only as good as your last sales quarter. Although, you know, whatever. I most definitely was not offered any kind of family ride to Peoria [...]

MC comparing his wife's family to work? or maybe Sean

—p.259 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] the point is that I journeyed to Peoria on whatever particular day in May from my family's home in Philo, to which my brief return had been shall we say untriumphant, and where certain members of my family had more or less been looking at their watches impatiently the whole brief time I was home. Without mentioning or identifying anyone in particular, let's just say that the prevailing attitude in my family tended to be 'What have you done for me lately?' [...] It was a bit like a for-profit company, my family, in that you were pretty much only as good as your last sales quarter. Although, you know, whatever. I most definitely was not offered any kind of family ride to Peoria [...]

MC comparing his wife's family to work? or maybe Sean

—p.259 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago
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A further irony: During an April 1987 tornado outside De Kalb, a detached portion of one of these FARM SAFETY billboards whirled in and for all practical purposes decapitated a soybean farmer--that was pretty much it for the 4-H sign.

footnote 23

—p.277 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

A further irony: During an April 1987 tornado outside De Kalb, a detached portion of one of these FARM SAFETY billboards whirled in and for all practical purposes decapitated a soybean farmer--that was pretty much it for the 4-H sign.

footnote 23

—p.277 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago
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[...] The employee beside me now looked, peripherally, as though he'd been mechanically raised out of a body of water, which mad the pretense of my not noticing the incredible sweating even more creepy and farcical. [...]

fictional DFW sits next to David Sweatman Cusk. one of my fave similes

—p.281 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] The employee beside me now looked, peripherally, as though he'd been mechanically raised out of a body of water, which mad the pretense of my not noticing the incredible sweating even more creepy and farcical. [...]

fictional DFW sits next to David Sweatman Cusk. one of my fave similes

—p.281 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

(noun) a painkilling drug or medicine

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Another anodyne would obviously be to widen the access road and make it two-way.

—p.282 default author
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Another anodyne would obviously be to widen the access road and make it two-way.

—p.282 default author
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283

[...] the whole thing looked haphazardly jerry-rigged and chaotic, and one figured that there couldn't possibly be this many newly arrived and/or reassigned transfers to the REC as a typical daily thing, or else the disembarkation and check-in system would be much more permanent-looking and streamlined and less like some small-scale reenactment of the fall of Saigon. [...]

fictional DFW arrives at the REC

—p.283 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] the whole thing looked haphazardly jerry-rigged and chaotic, and one figured that there couldn't possibly be this many newly arrived and/or reassigned transfers to the REC as a typical daily thing, or else the disembarkation and check-in system would be much more permanent-looking and streamlined and less like some small-scale reenactment of the fall of Saigon. [...]

fictional DFW arrives at the REC

—p.283 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago
291

[...] One of the quirks of human memory is that the most vivid, detailed recall doesn't usually concern the things that are most germane. The as it were forest. [...]

ugh I just love the way he writes

—p.291 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] One of the quirks of human memory is that the most vivid, detailed recall doesn't usually concern the things that are most germane. The as it were forest. [...]

ugh I just love the way he writes

—p.291 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago
293

[...] sitting still and concentrating on just one task for an extended length of time is, as a pratical matter, impossible. If you said, 'I spent the whole night in the library, working on some client's sociology paper,' you really meant that you'd spent between two and three hours working on it and the rest of the time fidgeting and sharpening and organizing pencils and doing skin-checks in the men's room mirror and wandering around the stacks opening volumes at random and reading about, say, Durkheim's theories of suicide.

the skin-checks part kills me (he talks about really bad acne in another section)

the analogy to programming is obvious

—p.293 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] sitting still and concentrating on just one task for an extended length of time is, as a pratical matter, impossible. If you said, 'I spent the whole night in the library, working on some client's sociology paper,' you really meant that you'd spent between two and three hours working on it and the rest of the time fidgeting and sharpening and organizing pencils and doing skin-checks in the men's room mirror and wandering around the stacks opening volumes at random and reading about, say, Durkheim's theories of suicide.

the skin-checks part kills me (he talks about really bad acne in another section)

the analogy to programming is obvious

—p.293 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago
295

[...] In Philo, educating yourself was something you had to do in spite of school, not because of it -- which is basically why so many of my high school peers are still there in Philo even now, selling one another insurance, drinking supermarket liquor, watching television, awaiting the formality of their first cardiac. [...]

the build-up of this sentence is fantastic and just shatters me

—p.295 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] In Philo, educating yourself was something you had to do in spite of school, not because of it -- which is basically why so many of my high school peers are still there in Philo even now, selling one another insurance, drinking supermarket liquor, watching television, awaiting the formality of their first cardiac. [...]

the build-up of this sentence is fantastic and just shatters me

—p.295 by David Foster Wallace 1 year, 2 months ago