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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:01 pm 
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WideOpenandRed wrote:
I re read #24 last night and I found it faster to read the second time around because I made connections with other parts of the book. First time, it's like...WTF?


EXACTLY the same for me - word for word. Having been introduced to some more characters, and getting used to the whole flow of the book, it makes a lot more sense the second time around.


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:35 pm 
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The M.I.T. Language riots! I find that awesome to a degree that words cannot express.


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:42 pm 
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The MIT language riots is an intertextual reference. Here, DFW is referencing Ratner's Star, a book by DeLillo. D. DeLillo is one of DFW's big influences supposedly.

Also, annular is a significant pick-up. Kudos to the people who noticed it.


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:02 am 
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I like in the introduction to the filmography: '...certain of his high-conceptual projects' agendas required that they be titled and subjected to critique but never filmed, making their status as film subject to controversy."


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:21 am 
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AyalaSurit wrote:
My favorite has got to be Pre-Nuptial Agreement of Heaven and Hell. "God and Satan play poker with Tarot cards for the soul of an alcoholic sandwich-bag salesman obsessed with Bernini's `The Ecstasy of St. Teresa.'" Someone please make this movie a reality - I smell Oscar!!


I gave a paper at a conference this year about this film: I think it's a really important thing. There's a long section much later in the book that describes it in detail. You're in for a treat.


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:36 pm 
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troybob wrote:
I like in the introduction to the filmography: '...certain of his high-conceptual projects' agendas required that they be titled and subjected to critique but never filmed, making their status as film subject to controversy."


Mild spoiler - I think that largely refers to the Found Drama series, which does get explained later as a successful joke played by Himself (and others but I don't recall who) on the critical community.

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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:14 pm 
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What's with all the details on the type of film, and whether it was released, etc? Is that all necessary? To me it seemed like it cluttered the text.


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:27 pm 
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Re-reading this last night (I'm woefully behind - glad for the long weekend), I noticed that the narrator for Annular Fusion Is Our Friend and Annular Amplified Light is "C.N. Reilly."

I take this to mean Charles Nelson Reilly. Love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:56 am 
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I just finished the section on pgs. 686 – 689 where a “hopeless” Hal is lethargically sitting through a session of watching his Dad’s films. This afforded an opportunity to read in some detail great swaths of Footnote #24 again. One question, however, is a reference to a film entitled Union of Publicly Hidden in Lynn, which I don’t seem to be able to find in the filmography.

Maybe I am just overlooking something?

If not, is there something to the title of this undocumented film we should be paying attention to?


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 Post subject: Re: Footnote #24
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:40 am 
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michael wrote:
If not, is there something to the title of this undocumented film we should be paying attention to?


"Lynn" is a north shore suburb of Boston (not especially close to anything in the book that I remember). Beyond that... dunno. Himself's films' names were pretty epically bizarre. :) I'm still awaiting a sudden enlightenment on "It Was a Great Marvel That He Was in the Father Without Knowing Him"...


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