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I'm on page 62, by the way. When I hit page 100, maybe I'll celebrate with a shot of Wild Turkey.
I just got past the part where Mario listened to the Mme Psychosis show and the MIT student union was described.
I think DFW was like a sponge - everything he heard and saw in his life had almost total recall and could be re-used in IJ or other writings.
I got to page 138 and read the vignette there, which looks like an insurance claim, and I did NOT get it the first time I read it. This time I immediately recognized it as a paraphrase of this:
DUH I felt dumb I had not noticed thtis the first time.....
Has anyone else read these? They are all in the present tense and use lots of slang. The musical "guys and dolls" is based on them. They are supposedly about Broadway in the 20s with assorted tough guys and prostitutes with hearts of gold and stuff. Anyhow they are very funny.
The funny thing was that they sounded oddly familiar and I realized that they reminded me of the addict monologue that starts on page 128. (Is he supposed to be Gately before he goes into treatment? What do you guys think, is he another Ennet House character?) I read along and then I found that Runyon also describes faces as "maps" and remember that the addict says "eliminated such and such's map" meaning killed someone and now I am very intrigued. Do people think he consciously used a Runyonesque voice for his addict? Because I can't imagine that Boston addicts in the near future would sound anything like Runyon baddies from the 20s - in real life.
i recently finished a book called JFK and the unspeakabe: why he died and why it matters byJames w. Douglas. it's premise is that JFJ was turning towards peace and this angered the CIA and others, so the CIA set up the assassination. If all the sources presented are valid, it is very convincing about the plot. i am now reading a couple of other books to see if what they say is in line with it..
I'm not sure why the touchstone is notcoming up. Amazon has it - published in 2008.
Regarding IJ - I am right now in the scene where Joelle is walking down the street thinking about various depressing things. That is I think one of the hardest to read, saddest scenes in the book.
The JFK book sounds... interesting... and a bit like the Oliver Stone movie? Did you see that?