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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 Adolescent

This is Dostoevsky’s penultimate novel.  I had read in a couple of different places that this was the weakest of his major works, and it turns out (at least to me) they were right.  In fact I have very little … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Diary – 1873

A wide range of themes were treated upon in 1873’s “Diary.”  Like I’ve said before, this reads a lot like a blog, even this one.  Sometimes it’s a review of a play, sometimes a travelogue, sometimes random complaints.  It would … Continue reading

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Demons – Final Thoughts

[This post also marks my completion of Volume 4 (of 5) of Frank’s biography.  Of course, volume 5 appears longer than volumes 1 and 2 combined, so who knows when/if I’ll finish?] “Now read me another passage. . . . … Continue reading

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Demons – Part Three

“… I declared everything had happened to the highest degree by chance, through people who, though perhaps of a certain inclination, had very little awareness, were drunk, and had already lost the thread.   I am still of that opinion.” (540) … Continue reading

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Demons – Part Two

: “…this town here is like the devil took and shook it from a sack” (Fedya the Convict – p. 260) This post discussed Part Two of “Demons” – I’ll follow up with Part Three when I’ve finished. Let me … Continue reading

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Demons – Part One

This is the kind of book you need to be really, really attentive to in order not to get lost.  I read it two summers ago and spent most of that time thoroughly confused, with only the barest notion of … Continue reading

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The Eternal Husband

As compared with The Idiot, this book was way, way easier to understand.  As opposed to the 15+ randomly related cast of characters, most of the main action of this (also much shorter) novella takes place between two principal characters: … Continue reading

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The Idiot

The Idiot “… We feel that we must limit ourselves to the simple statement of facts, as far as possible without special explanations, and for a very simple reason: because we ourselves, in many cases, have difficulty explaining what happened” … Continue reading

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The Crocodile

It struck me as strange that the author of Notes from Underground would next write “The Crocodile,” an allegorical, theater-of-the-absurd type story to have been published in D’s dying periodical Epoch.  After all, Notes from Underground was an innovative exercise … Continue reading

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