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 Post subject: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Notice how about half of the names are really hard to pronounce.. Ted Schact, Jim Troeltsh, Graham Rader, jim Struck, Peter Peak, Keven blott, Idris Arslanian, Keith Freer , Disney R. Leith. My mouth gets all tardive dyskinesia-ish just trying to say Troeltsh.. Ted Schact.. these names do not trippingly roll off the tongue. Marathe..Now, does, this signify anything?? Of course it must.. I don't thik Troeltsh is particularly likeable.. He's always 'rhinovirally ' affected in some disgusting way and is always calling the action using his fist as a microphone.
But other names are just magical.. Incandenza,Ortho 'the darkness" Stice, Sleepy (T.P.) Peterson, Tall Paul Shaw, John (N.R.) Wayne.
Trevor Axford. Ann if I may just for one second mention on eof the female students.. Ann Kittenplan.. how sweet is that?
So did any of you notice this phenomenon as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:21 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:04 pm 
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Definitely have noticed. Many of them are pretty funny, too. "Schtitt," anyone? Kittenplan's rather sweet, girlish surname is also made pretty comical by Wallace's descriptions of her, both physically and interpersonally.


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
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Mildred Bonk is hysterical. As well as U.S.S. Millicent Kent. But hey, what about Zoltan Csikzentmihalyi? Holy crap! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:26 pm 
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I'd never had the pleasure of hearing the distinguished-sounding "Hugh G. Rection" before (endnote 24).


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:33 pm 
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But hey, what about Zoltan Csikzentmihalyi? Holy crap!


When I came upon this name, I could only think of one of my favorite writers, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, who explores the idea of "Flow" whereby you lose yourself in an endeavor, generally one that's just beyond your easy level of competence. Maybe this is a shout-out on DFW's part?


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:52 pm 
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See? That's why a group read is so great! I would never have known that fact. Knowing DFW, he was probably aware of this guy's writing. Sounds like the sort of concept that would work in "The Pale King", i.e. absorption in the task at hand. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:20 pm 
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EverybodyHurts wrote:
Mildred Bonk is hysterical. As well as U.S.S. Millicent Kent. But hey, what about Zoltan Csikzentmihalyi? Holy crap! :)
Ha yeah, I don't have my copy to hand but how is it that DFW renders Zoltan's surname? "Cs/Yi" or something?


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
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I'd say definitely a shout-out. According to Wikipedia, so, you know, grain of salt, etc, Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate Institute, so somewhat of a former colleague of DFWs.

I love the names too (e.g. Yushityu). But for the most part I don't find the students' names over-the-top crazy or too hard to pronounce. Maybe that's just because my 10-letter German last name requires some careful treatment, and I'm sensitive to pronunciation.


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 Post subject: Re: Axhandle and other handles
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:02 pm 
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mynameisnotlinda wrote:
I'd say definitely a shout-out. According to Wikipedia, so, you know, grain of salt, etc, Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate Institute, so somewhat of a former colleague of DFWs.


Not denying that it could be a shout-out, but they weren't colleagues back then -- DFW didn't arrive in Claremont until 2002.


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