Because I’ve read Infinite Jest (ahem) a couple of times before, I’ve been looking forward to writing about the whole Lyle and do-not-underestimate-objects scene for a few weeks.
Thanks Mark. I gotta say, you nailed it.
If you’ve read Mark’s post, it’s probably going to be pretty clear that I had to toss my original plans to talk about how I start my day with my physical, actually-bound copy or Infinite Jest out the window. Also, all the object-oriented ontology stuff that’s hashed out in the comments.
And in the spirit of total honesty, I don’t know what else to post about, now.
Here’s a couple other object-related things that’ve been kicking around my head this week:
- Hal calling out Orin for actually meaning the obverse when he refers to his (Orin’s) seductions’ Subjects.
- Ennet House’s neighbouring objay darts.
- That Mario’s annually screened film’s subjects are, in fact, socks – surely something in the tip-toppest tier of domestic objects. (Oh: and hey, while we’re on it, notice the difference in the ways socks “signify” in Mario’s film and the game of Eschaton that precedes its screening by a few hours? I don’t know what it means, but – cool.)
The ways objects can denote/signify a subject (by which I really mean a person (or, really, a character): but I’m almost obliged to keep up the subject/object rhetoric here. It’s like mandatory) – or at least, a facet of one – is something I’ve become increasingly drawn to with my Drawing on the Infinite project. Here’s a few of my own favourites.
I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but I found, on my last read-though, a lot of tenderness and sweetness to the “romantic” scene between Mario and the USSMK, despite the grotesquerie of its humour. The image of Millicent’s bow fluttering captures this perfectly for me.
(Maybe I should have written about this during the week we covered Jim’s father’s lengthy monologue on objects and bodies and Brando etc etc)
I just like this one because I had so much fun coming up with a logo for the Millennial Fizzy (it’s a Narcissus flower).
Which brings me right to this week’s new pic: an object and a subject whose confluential consequences we now know all too well, and which needs basically no introduction at all:
Till next week – keep coming back!