Features Series: Against Orthodoxy

Series: Against Orthodoxy

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The Anxiety of Influence

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The Anxiety of Influence

Posted July 16, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Against Orthodoxy

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism and psychological diagnosis. Granted his prose is maddeningly bratty to some readers and unapologetically obsessive, most of it is just damn good by my standards. Say what you will, his book is measured, careful, and thorough. One of the narratives features a movie plot description directed by protagonist Hal Incandenza’s late father James, a part optical scientist, part tennis phenom, part avant garde filmmaker, and all alcoholic. The film, Blood Sister: One Tough Nun, features an order of nuns “who’d been saved from Toronto’s mean, deadened streets by older tougher saved nuns.” The movie description snowballs from ...

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The Anxiety of Influence

Regular Columns

The Anxiety of Influence

Posted July 16, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Against Orthodoxy

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism and psychological diagnosis. Granted his prose is maddeningly bratty to some readers and unapologetically obsessive, most of it is just damn good by my standards. Say what you will, his book is measured, careful, and thorough. One of the narratives features a movie plot description directed by protagonist Hal Incandenza’s late father James, a part optical scientist, part tennis phenom, part avant garde filmmaker, and all alcoholic. The film, Blood Sister: One Tough Nun, features an order of nuns ...

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