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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:55 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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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:28 am 
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This film was cut from the first draft version of IJ. Steven Moore mentions it:
http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/ij-first.html

610-16 = IJ 985-93. The MS version of Incandenza’s film bibliography, added as an appendix, is close to the novel’s, with a few exceptions: in the MS, the authors of “The Laughing Pathologists” (IJ 985, n.24a) were limited to Comstock and Posner, and they treated Michael Snow (instead of E. and K. Snow) as well as John Waters. Following Union of Theoretical Grammarians in Cambridge, the MS adds:

Union of Publicly Hidden in Lynn. B.S. Meniscus Films, Ltd. Documentary cast w/ narrator P.A. Heaven; 78 mm.; 60 minutes; color; sound. Filmed proceedings in a Boston, MA suburb of “anonymous” meeting of the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed, a support group for aesthetically challenged persons struggling with issues around light and sight. MAGNETIC VIDEO, PRIVATELY RELEASED BY MENISCUS FILMS, LTD.

Cage III and No Troy appear in different positions than in the novel.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:14 am 
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gregcarlisle wrote:
This film was cut from the first draft version of IJ. Steven Moore mentions it:
http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/ij-first.html

610-16 = IJ 985-93. The MS version of Incandenza’s film bibliography, added as an appendix, is close to the novel’s, with a few exceptions: in the MS, the authors of “The Laughing Pathologists” (IJ 985, n.24a) were limited to Comstock and Posner, and they treated Michael Snow (instead of E. and K. Snow) as well as John Waters. Following Union of Theoretical Grammarians in Cambridge, the MS adds:

Union of Publicly Hidden in Lynn. B.S. Meniscus Films, Ltd. Documentary cast w/ narrator P.A. Heaven; 78 mm.; 60 minutes; color; sound. Filmed proceedings in a Boston, MA suburb of “anonymous” meeting of the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed, a support group for aesthetically challenged persons struggling with issues around light and sight. MAGNETIC VIDEO, PRIVATELY RELEASED BY MENISCUS FILMS, LTD.

Cage III and No Troy appear in different positions than in the novel.


Thanks Greg, this definitely explains the absence of this film in the filmography, but leave a slight doubt in my mind whether its inclusion in the main text is an oversight/continuity error in the publiished version of the novel - at least this info from you will stop me from re-reading Endnote #24 over and over again thinking I have somehow missed it!
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