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Infinite Crush: Reflections on DFW’s “Infinite Jest” in 10 (or maybe 11) Installments

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Featured, lebeau files, text | 0 comments

Infinite Crush: Reflections on DFW’s “Infinite Jest” in 10 (or maybe 11) Installments

Four years ago, on my birthday, David Foster Wallace hanged himself on the patio of his southern California home with a black belt; his wrists were bound together with duct tape.[1] I was crushed. For reasons still too fresh to reconstruct here, I wasn’t in the best place myself, although one problem was the world’s failure to embrace my new and very expensive graduate degree in Visual and Critical Studies.[2] (When I say the “world,” I really mean the “art world” or the “publishing world,” whatever those terms mean.) His death...

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This Is Not A Book Review: A Non-Review of an Insignificant Book About a Non-Place

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Featured, text | 0 comments

This Is Not A Book Review: A Non-Review of an Insignificant Book About a Non-Place

NOTE: I wrote the first draft of this review several months ago and am reposting it with additional information (and some well-deserved editing!).  I invite comments, especially those disagreeing with my opinions.  I once  considered myself an authority on the subject but it’s been a few years since I researched and wrote about Area 51, so my details may be a bit off.  Feel free to call me on any actual or perceived errors or lacking details (at least as free as I feel to call Annie Jacobsen on her own lack of journalistic rigor). ...

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Form, Meaning and the Myth of Capital Part 1: A Snake in the Garden

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Featured, sites | 0 comments

Form, Meaning and the Myth of Capital Part 1: A Snake in the Garden

The Las Vegas Strip stretches along the Mojave floor like an asphalt serpent, routinely shedding and re-growing its architectural skin at a pace with the ever-changing American zeitgeist.  Since its birth in the 1930s, the Strip has imagined itself as a frontier outpost, a mob-run city of sin, a glitzy showbiz mecca, a boulevard of broken dreams, and a Disneyesque resort metropolis.  The one prevailing theme throughout each regeneration has been that of a garden of earthly delights set in the midst of an ungodly desert...

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Form, Meaning and the Myth of Capital: Introduction

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Featured, sites | 0 comments

Form, Meaning and the Myth of Capital: Introduction

I begin my first post to this website – ironically dedicated to the analysis of visual culture – by addressing that which is, by its very nature, unseeable: the conceptual forces and ideologies driving the regional and global mythologies around which human civilizations have historically cohered.  From the animating spirits of traditional Shamanic cultures, to the pantheon of ancient Greco-Roman deities and even the omnipotent God figures of Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, each otherworldly force or set of forces believed to...

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