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The Irony of Paranoid Fiction

At the onset of Leo Braudy’s essay entitled Providence, Paranoia, and the Novel, Braudy begins to explain the importance of providence in the pre-17th century world, and thus in pre-17th/18th century works of fiction. Providence, Braudy claims was “the all … Continue reading

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Leftward into the Unconscious

              “You set out to the left. (Usually in these dreams of home you prefer landscape to the right– broad night-lawns, towered over by ancient walnut trees, a hill, a wooden fence, hollowoeyed horses … Continue reading

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Pavlov’s Point of Inertia

On page 90 of my edition of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Pointsman describes what he believes to be the cause of the relationship between Tyrone Slothrop’s sexual encounters and the V-2 hits, “…well, Pavlov believed that obsessions and paranoid delusions were … Continue reading

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Colonialism: a Game of Strategy

I think I found a Heart of Darkness video game? Can’t decide if this is real or not, but disturbing either way. Achebe would be enraged. “Victoria II: Heart of Darkness, the second expansion for the grand strategy/ political simulator … Continue reading

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