About Erik Swedlund

Mildly solid, fervently didactic.

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  • Erik shared from Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
    If it’s just that we naively expect geniuses-in-motion to be also geniuses-in-reflection, then their failure to be that shouldn’t really seem any crueler or more disillusioning than Kant’s glass jaw or Eliot’s inability to hit the curve. For
  • Erik shared from Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
    Plus they’re beautiful: Jordan hanging in midair like a Chagall bride, Sampras laying down a touch volley at an angle that defies Euclid.
    Note: Still wowing me with language.
  • Erik shared from Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    “Monsieur, vous etes fou.”
    Note: Foucault's Pendulum, in summary.
  • Erik shared from Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
    65 A Dictionary of Modern American Usage includes a miniessay on vogue words, but it’s a disappointing one in which Garner does little more than list VWs that bug him and say that “vogue words have such a grip on the popular mind that they come to be used in contexts in which they serve little purpose.” This is one of the rare places in ADMAU where Garner is simply wrong. The real problem is that every sentence blends and balances at least two different communicative functions — one the transmission of raw info, the other the transmission of certain stuff about the speaker — and Vogue...
    Note: Re: "partner"
  • Erik shared from Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    The whole garden may be read as a book, or as a spell, which is, after all, the same thing.
    Note: Very Snow Crash