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Thursday, 04 August 2005


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Ah well, the one good thing about John Bruce's recent "intervention" is that it puts the whole theory/anti-theory debate over at the Valve and in the comment section here into perspective. You want an example of a real anti-intellectual? John Bruce is your man.

Miriam Elizabeth Burstein

Well, I suppose you could always adduce John Henry Newman, Henry David Thoreau, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson as useful counter-examples. See? You're in great company!

(You don't have my excuse--namely, that "Elizabeth" is the only part of my name that I can trust people to spell correctly on a regular basis. Really bad things happen to "Burstein," and a surprising number of people insist on calling me "Marion.")


I maintain that _A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again_ and parts of _Brief Interviews With Hideous Men_ are more essential for the Foster Wallace initiates than _Oblivion_ will ever be. I mean, just judging by the titles, Come On!

nb. the essays, "Incarnations of Burned Children" and "The Soul Is Not a Smithy" may indeed be exceptions.

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