language, literature

Examining Pro’s Prose Part 5

I started this series back in May, but it fell off after critiquing Mislaid. I still had a few writers I wanted to examine, and since Franzen was one of them and I just finished Purity, now is as good a time as any to pick it back up. Here's the first in the series… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose Part 5

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art, literature, philosophy

The Second Section of Purity as Franzen’s “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”

That title is quite the mouthful. Here's what it means. A year and a half ago I wrote a post explaining how David Foster Wallace's short story/novella "Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way" was a parody of Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse" in order to describe his philosophy of literature. What I want… Continue reading The Second Section of Purity as Franzen’s “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”