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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:14 am 
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OneBigParty wrote:
Fav: DFW's expressions like "batshit-sounding" (p. 123)
"own-perceptions-doubting" (p. 125)
and "freeze his low-profile balls off " (p. 132)

My favorites tend to be things that I want to ape, to slip into my own vocabulary now and then.


I feel like I find at least one of those every couple pages or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:10 pm 
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I also love "cars sheening by with the special lonely sound of cars in rain, wipers making black rainbows...." (p. 221). I love it that someone else has noticed the loneliness of that sound and now looking
back it seems odd that I never mentioned my long-standing impression to anyone else.

And my all time favorite so far--more like a concept as well as word play--DMZ's potency described:
"...envision acid that has itself dropped acid." (p. 214)


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:56 am 
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I loved this section and all other passages with similar humor:

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Because Pemulis always conducts business solo and speaks no French, the whole transaction with the Nuck in charge had to be negotiated in dumbshow, and since this lumberjackish Antitoi Nuckwad tended to look from side to side before he communicated even more than Pemulis looked all around himself, with his dim-looking partner standing there cradling a broom and also scanning for eavesdroppers in the closed shop the whole time, the whole negotiated deal had resembled a kind of group psychomotor seizure, with different bits of whipping and waggling heads reflected in dislocated sections and at jagged angles in more mirrors and pebbled blown-glass vases than Pemulis had ever seen crammed into anywhere.


Just curious, any Canadians out there participating? How do you feel about the image of Canada/Canadians in the book?


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:55 am 
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p.203 wrote:
That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.


p.218 wrote:
...prorector Aubrey deLint says (publicly) that seeing M. Pemulis in practice v. seeing M. Pemulis in a real match that means anything is like getting to know some girl through e-mail as like e-mail-keyboard-type penpals and really falling for her and then finally meeting her in person and finding out she's got like just one enormous tit in the exact middle of her chest or something like that.


I like the ones where I think DFW is poking fun at his own writing style. That's also one of the reasons I actually enjoyed endnote 304.

p.271 wrote:
I used sometimes to think. I used to think in long compound sentences with subordinate clauses and even the odd polysyllable.


p.291 wrote:
He was called a dragass and then a mollygag and then a bona fried pussy. He was finally told that he seemed to have some kind of empty swinging sack where his balls ought to be...


p.339 wrote:
Pemulis invites Ingersoll to do something anatomically impossible...Axford posits certain very unlikely physical conditions under which what Pemulis told Ingersoll to do to himself wouldn't be totally impossible.


p.345 wrote:
...nights you awake from in unfamiliar bedding next to somebody who doesn't even resemble any known sort of mammal...


p.382 wrote:
Johnny Gentle, the first U.S. President ever to swing his microphone around by the cord during his Inauguration speech.


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:19 am 
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"In meters."

-- Hal, in the Eschaton math footnote (don't have my copy handy)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:33 am 
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p. 169 "I got to notice what I'm sure you've noticed long ago, I know, I know you've seen me brought home on occasions, dragged in the door, under what's called the Influence, son, helped in by cabbies at night, I've seen your long shadow grotesquely backlit at the top of the house's stairs I helped pay for, boy: how the drunk and maimed both are dragged forward out of the arena like a boneless Christ, one man under each arm, feet dragging, eyes on the aether."

The is my favorite so far in my reread though I know another is coming later. This comes at the conclusion to what I found to be one of the saddest passages in the novel combining the themes of addiction and communication as well as defining the darkenss that haunts the Incandenza family tree.


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
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So many sentences/passages I can't even begin. But lately the Lyle section, much of his discussion on fame--just gorgeous.

And then this line:

"Sometimes suffering's point is almost crying out in a high-pitched whine to be heard." (390)

So beautiful it just stops me in my tracks. I have to just sit still for a bit, take it in.


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:38 pm 
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mynameisnotlinda wrote:
I loved this section and all other passages with similar humor:

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Because Pemulis always conducts business solo and speaks no French, the whole transaction with the Nuck in charge had to be negotiated in dumbshow, and since this lumberjackish Antitoi Nuckwad tended to look from side to side before he communicated even more than Pemulis looked all around himself, with his dim-looking partner standing there cradling a broom and also scanning for eavesdroppers in the closed shop the whole time, the whole negotiated deal had resembled a kind of group psychomotor seizure, with different bits of whipping and waggling heads reflected in dislocated sections and at jagged angles in more mirrors and pebbled blown-glass vases than Pemulis had ever seen crammed into anywhere.


Just curious, any Canadians out there participating? How do you feel about the image of Canada/Canadians in the book?



Hee hee, I kinda think it's funny, like everyone thinks we live in igloos funny. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
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"Hands which shake out matches act always as if they are burned, this motion of snapping."
p 430

and for totally different reasons:

"SEC, TREAS: You're looking vigorous and hale today, sir.
GENTLE: Hhhaaahh Hhhuuuhhh Hhhaaahhh Hhhuuuhhh."
p 400


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 Post subject: Re: Most essential (or just favorite) sentences/passages so far
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dioramaorama wrote:
"SEC, TREAS: You're looking vigorous and hale today, sir.
GENTLE: Hhhaaahh Hhhuuuhhh Hhhaaahhh Hhhuuuhhh."
p 400


Yeah, I love that part. All Darth Vader-ish and such.


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