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 Post subject: Re: Sierpinski Triangle
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:40 am 
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Nice discussion. Actually the Flatland reference is quite interesting. In other parts of the book there are other references to 2-dimensional characters, like here:
Spoiler! ""to see whether deLint has a true z coordinate or is just a cutout or projection" p.460"
and here:
Spoiler! "Orin sees Tavis as "less like a person than like a sort of cross-section of a person" p.517"

More generally, even if maybe the origin of the Flatland reference was just the essentially 2dimensional nature of Tennis (see "Derivative sport in Tornado Alley"), I also see a deeper reference to the nature of people.

Coming back to the ST (whose dimension is actually log(3)/log(2), so a bit more than 1.5), I wonder if really it was the way, for DFW, to organize his various sub-plots, after a first production of raw material, or instead he started, like Perec or Calvino or also people doing real fractals, from a simple scheme to expand to a larger and much more complex construction. r


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 Post subject: Re: Sierpinski Triangle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:30 pm 
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robbi60 wrote:
Coming back to the ST (whose dimension is actually log(3)/log(2), so a bit more than 1.5),


Yeah, yeah, close enough for literary purposes. :)

robbi60 wrote:
I wonder if really it was the way, for DFW, to organize his various sub-plots, after a first production of raw material, or instead he started, like Perec or Calvino or also people doing real fractals, from a simple scheme to expand to a larger and much more complex construction.


I think it makes things come together kind of beautifully, creating a wonderful rhythm, but also showing how elegant the lives of the characters are- and how trapped.


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