For Thursday, November 22

Review both the Thomas and Greenblatt readings for a possible quiz on Thursday. In your journal, answer this question: According to Greenblatt, what makes a work of literature great, timeless? Also read “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace and answer the following questions: 1. What is Wallace’s point and why do you think so? 2. What is your favorite footnote (seriously), and why? 3. How does Wallace use his footnotes, and how is it different from what you’re used to?


Lastly, consider this quotation: “Literature is the best way to overcome death. My father, as I said, is an actor. He’s the happiest man on earth when he’s performing, but when the show is over, he’s sad and troubled. I wish he could live in the eternal present, because in the theater everything remains in memories and photographs. Literature, on the other hand, allows you to live in the present and to remain in the pantheon of the future. Literature is a way to say, I was here, this is what I thought, this is what I perceived. This is my signature, this is my name.”

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