Monthly Archives: November 2015

Everybody Knew but Nobody Was Talkin’

Spotlight  A film by Tom McCarthy Spotlight is an absolutely thrilling movie, one of those newspaper movies where reporters shout at each other, slam their fists on the desk, burst into the records office a few minutes before closing time, run down the sidewalk shouting for a taxi, stay up too late, write at incredible … Continue reading Everybody Knew but Nobody Was Talkin’

Dispatches from the Abyss IV

Final Reflections on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  Back Bay Books.  1079 pp. $18.00. I don’t know how I expected this novel to end, some massive climax where Wallace tied up loose ends and brought it to a satisfactory conclusion, but of course I got no such thing.  It ends in an orgy of … Continue reading Dispatches from the Abyss IV

Dispatches from the Abyss III

Infinite Jest: The Blessing at the Heart of Addiction Various threads of the novel come together when Hal Incandenza—whom I’ve been thinking of as the protagonist, despite the massive cast, and the many scenes where he isn’t present—tries to go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, and winds up instead at a Men’s group, where men are … Continue reading Dispatches from the Abyss III

When the Teacher Screws Up

Buddha Is the Center of Gravity: Teisho of Joshu Sasaki Roshi at Lama Foundation.  Lama Foundation.  95 pp.  1974  (out of print) This is the book that gave Brad Warner the title for his most recent book.  He has spoken highly of this volume at various times through the years, and when I’ve checked in … Continue reading When the Teacher Screws Up