Monthly Archives: February 2014

Youth in War

“Brush your teeth and go toddling off to war. Wave your hand to sleepy land, Kiss those dreams away, Tell Miss Grable you’re not able, Not tell V-E Day” (Pynchon 9)

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Youth in War

During WW2 many countries sent hundreds of thousands to millions of young men into battle to fight for the causes and interests of the country. By the causes and interests of a country I mean the causes and interest of … Continue reading

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A Question of Freedom

“I would set you free, if I knew how. But it isn’t free out there. All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who … Continue reading

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The Preterite and the Elect

“But if they were chosen to come to Mauritius, why had they also been chosen to fail, and leave? Is that a choosing or is it a passing-over? Are they Elect, or are they Preterite, and doomed as dodoes?” (Pynchon … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Slothrop’s Erections

“But if it’s in the air, right here, right now, then the rockets follow from it 100% of the time. No exceptions. When we find it, we’ll have shown again the stone determinacy of everything, of every soul. There will … Continue reading

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Pavlovian vs. Statistics

I would like to discuss the conversation between Dr. Pointsman and Roger Mexico about the statistical probability of war.  Between the two exist two different mindsets about the bombings.  Pointsman is a notorious Pavlovian, someone who believes things can be … Continue reading

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The Equation Only For Angels

The rockets are distributing about London just as Poisson’s equation in the textbooks predicts. As the data keep coming in, Roger looks more and more like a prophet. Psi Section people stare after him in the hallways. It’s not precognition, … Continue reading

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