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Think of the old cliché about the mind being 'an excellent servant but a terrible master'. This, like many clichés, so lame & banal on the surface, actually expresses a great & terrible truth.


David Foster Wallace

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Because we’ve been lied to and lied to, and it hurts to be lied to. It’s ultimately just about t...
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Why do prostitutes when they get straight always try and get so prim? It's like long-repressed libra...
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...you are excused from doing the work of constructing the fantasy. The ads do it for you. The ads, ...
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Nel tennis il vero avversario, la frontiera che include, è il giocatore stesso. C'è sempre e solo ...
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Trying to be anti-cool is just one exponent off trying to be cool -- it's the same beast.
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You want to know the story? I'd be happy to tell you. I think I have just enough caloric energy stor...
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And I was -- this is just how I was afraid you'd take it. I knew it, that you'd think this means you...
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This is the kind of paradox, I think, of what it is to be a halfway intelligent American right now, ...
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I am about art here, not simple reproduction.
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I'm not saying that television is vulgar and dumb because the people who compose the Audience are vu...
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It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms nearly always shoo...
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She smelled of talcum powder and Big Red.
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The almost-35-year-old Terry Schmidt had very nearly nothing left anymore of the delusion that he di...
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-when he thinks of the starry-eyed puerility and narcissism of these fantasies now, a rough decade l...
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When he smoked marijuana he tended to masterbate a great deal.
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We're kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we're uneasy about the fac...
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The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still 'are' human beings, now. Or can be.
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This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.
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You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness ...
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But most days, if you're aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently ...
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Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of t...
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The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, ...
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The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.
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The great myth is that the bad ones don't last long.
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It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.
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Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?"

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Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being aro...
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This might be one way to start talking about differences between the early postmodern writers of the...
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The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony ...
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What TV is extremely good at - and realize that this is 'all it does' - is discerning what l...
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it turned out that there was something terribly stressful about visual telephone interfaces that had...
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He said he didn’t think Lenore should go to the G.O.D.
"Nobody ever finds anybody in a place ...
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What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really h...
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You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom t...
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It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millenial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal em...
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Mary had a little lamb, its fleece electrostatic / And everywhere Mary went, the lights became errat...
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I'll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I'm not crazy about. I'm pretty much...
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You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. T...
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...logical validity is not a guarantee of truth.
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When a solipsist dies ... everything goes with him.
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An ad that pretends to be art is -- at absolute best -- like somebody who smiles warmly at you only ...
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At least part of the reason I am a SNOOT is that for years my mom brainwashed us in all sort of subt...
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It now lately sometimes seemed a black miracle to me that people could actually care deeply about a ...
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If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will...
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Every love story is a ghost story.
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Ortho Stice played with a kind of rigid, liquid grace, like a panther in a back-brace.
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Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few yea...
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Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win.
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shall I spend much of your time pointing out the degree to which televisual values influence the con...
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One of the few things I still miss from my Midwest childhood was this weird, deluded but unshakable ...
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From the line, watching, three things are striking: (a) what on TV is a brisk crack is here a whoomi...
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I have felt as bleak as I've felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying ...
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I think TV promulgates the idea that good art is just art which makes people like and depend on the ...
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There's a grosser irony about Politically Correct English. This is that PCE purports to be the diale...
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...we live in an era of terrible preoccupation with presentation and interpretation, one in which re...
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When I say or write something, there are actually a whole lot of different things I am communicating...
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The older Mario gets, the more confused he gets about the fact that everyone at E.T.A. over the age ...
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What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barel...
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The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the fla...
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When something large and oncoming passed, the windshield's big rectangle was for a moment incandesce...
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