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Postindustrial Solipsism? Not Man Versus Machine, but Man THE Machine

In Joseph Slade’s “Thomas Pynchon, Postindustrial Humanist,” the barriers between man and machine are redefined and blurred. Slade argues that Pynchon sees technology as the product of man’s desire to make sense of nature and create order out of chaos, … Continue reading

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Exceptions?

“His act of faith. In the street the children are singing: Hark, the herald angels sing: Mrs. Simpson’s pinched our king . . . ” (Pynchon 180) Here’s a slightly happier (or maybe deluded) note than what we left class … Continue reading

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O Fortuna: Carmina Burana and Springtime in Europe

The fifth episode of part two starts off very scenic and descriptive, placing the setting as springtime and Germany’s surrender right around the corner. The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and Pynchon chooses Carl Orff’s 1937 opera Carmina … 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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Chinua Achebe, Eat, Pray, Love, and Nonwestern Exotification

Reading Achebe’s “An Image of Africa” reminded me of the storm of criticism that occurred when Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love was turned into a film in 2010. (I admit I haven’t read the book or watched the movie.)  … Continue reading

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Socrates Drinks His Hemlock, Marlow Wimps Out

It’s too bad we had to rush the end of today’s discussion on why Marlow lies to Kurtz’s fiancee. I think Trish made a good point that Marlow hates lies and wasn’t necessarily lying–at least not to the men on … Continue reading

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