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One Way to Read Infinite Jest

I’m fresh off a reading of David Foster Wallace’s awesome “David Lynch Keeps His Head” (in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again) and also a re-reading of his “Frank’s Dostoevsky” (in Consider the Lobster) and I feel like taking a … Continue reading

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The Dostoevsky Project – My Final Thoughts

The library was deserted during the break. I entered with a keycard and took a novel by Dostoevsky down from the shelves. I placed the book on a table and opened it and then leaned down into the splayed pages, … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky Wrap-Up #3 (C) Bakhtin’s _Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics_ (from the bottom up)

Everything in Dostoevsky’s novels tends toward dialogue, toward a dialogic opposition, as if tending toward its center.  All else is the means; dialogue is the end.  A single voice ends nothing and resolves nothing.  Two voices is the minimum for … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky Wrap-Up #3 (B) – Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky (From the Top Down)

Dostoevsky from the Top Down or the Bottom Up? While reading all these books, I had the help of two significant secondary sources – all along the way, Joseph Frank’s five-volume Dostoevsky, and at the end, after having finished all … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky Project Wrap-Up #3: Final Thoughts (part A) – The Experience of All This Reading

(It turns out I’ll make this final post multi-parted.  Just too much to say…) By my estimation, Dostoevsky’s published works run somewhere between 7500 and 8000 pages.  That means I’ve read more words written by him (at least published words) … Continue reading

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The Dostoevsky Project Wrap-Up #2: Superlatives

Here’s just a little snapshot of my reading.   Best Opening Line: Notes from Underground – “I AM A SICK MAN… I am a wicked man.  An unattractive man.  I think my liver hurts.”  D. seems not to have thought to … Continue reading

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The Dostoevsky Project Wrap-Up #1: Everything I Wrote

I know this is spread out over more than two years, and you might not have read everything I wrote, or might not want to.  But just in case you do – below are links to everything I’ve written about … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book XII (“A Judicial Error”) and Epilogue

At the start of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (to be written about later in this same space) the children listen to Benjamin Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and the voiceover narrator describes the different instruments as they … Continue reading

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Books 10-11 – Boys and Brother Ivan Karamazov

I’m still without my computer so I’ll keep it brief again.  If this novel were a Shakespeare play (and George Steiner’s Tolstoy or Dostoevsky argues that Shakespearean drama is a good analogue to most of D’s works) , Book 10 starts … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov – Books 8-9 -Mitya and The Preliminary Investigation

I won’t say too much because I’m currently computer-less and iPad typing is frustrating. This part of the book was great in terms of plot action… Dmitri goes on a manic and dreamlike search for 3000 rubles, comes quite close … Continue reading

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