The Adventures of Loren Ipsum
by Mark Bloch
(An altered excerpt from Three Ugly Islands, Book Three)

Wolfe goes on to tell of the quality of Owsley's LSD, renowned world-wide, and of its influence on The Beatles: If only I knew what to find, Acknowledging the presence of this idea (or variations of it) in the works of previous writers, Barthes cites in his essay the poet StŽphane MallarmŽ, who said that "it is language which speaks." He also recognizes Marcel Proust as being "concerned with the task of inexorably blurringÉthe relation between the writer and his characters"; the Surrealist movement for their employment the practice of "automatic writing" to express "what the head itself is unaware of"; and the field of linguistics as a discipline for "showing that the whole of enunciation is an empty process." Barthes' articulation of the death of the author is a radical and drastic recognition of this severing of authority and authorship. Instead of discovering a "single 'theological' meaning (the 'message' of the Author-God)," readers of text discover that writing, in reality, constitutes "a multi-dimensional space," which cannot be "deciphered," only "disentangled." "Refusing to assign a 'secret,' ultimate meaning" to text "liberates what may be called an anti-theological activity, an activity that is truly revolutionary since to refuse meaning is, in the end, to refuse God and his hypostasesreason, science, law." Whatever Borges's existential anxieties may be, they have little in common with Sartre's robustly prosaic view of literature, with the earnestness of Camus' moralism, or with the weighty profundity of German existential thought. Rather, they are the consistent expansion of a purely poetic consciousness to its furthest limits (22).[3] I see you haven't added this stuff that tnf (David Gans, for anyone who is unclear on Truth N Fun...) did with Bob and Phil, where he reveals getting busted for "smiling on a cloudy day". Blair Jackson, in Grateful Dead: the Music Never Stopped has this to say about The Other One: Fredric Jameson called postmodernism the "cultural logic of late capitalism". "Late capitalism" implies that society has moved past the industrial age and into the information age. Likewise, Jean Baudrillard claimed postmodernity was defined by a shift into hyperreality in which simulations have replaced the real. In postmodernity people are inundated with information, technology has become a central focus in many lives, and our understanding of the real is mediated by simulations of the real. Many works of fiction have dealt with this aspect of postmodernity with characteristic irony and pastiche. For example, Don DeLillo's White Noise presents characters who are bombarded with a "white noise" of television, product brand names, and clichŽs. The cyberpunk fiction of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and many others use science fiction techniques to address this postmodern, hyperreal information bombardment.[14][15][16] Upanishads The basis of Hindu religion and philosophy that form the final portion of the Veda . The 112 Upanishads describe the relationship of the Brahman , or universal soul, to the atman , or individual soul; they also provide information about Vedic sacrifice and yoga. The original texts of the Upanishads come from various sources and were written beginning c. 900 B.C. By the mid-1930s, his writings began to deal with existential questions, and with what Ana Mar’a Barrenechea has called "irreality." Borges was not alone in this task. Many other Latin American writers such as Juan Rulfo, Juan JosŽ Arreola, and Alejo Carpentier investigated these themes in their writings, influenced by the Phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger or the Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre. Even though existentialism saw its apogee during the years of Borges's greatest artistic production, it can be argued that his choice of topics largely ignored existentialism's central tenets. To that point, Paul de Man has written: Pastiche Some common metafictive devices in novels include: If only I could (be less fine) Every leaf was turnin', to watch him die, you know he had to die. When I woke up this morning with the sky in sight me dio a la vez los libros y la noche.Let neither tear nor reproach besmirch He had to die, you know he had to die. At last, the act is ready. They audition for an important American, who insists they perform the climax, the "Leap of Death" (a blind jump by Nina through a screen to Narval on the trapeze), without a safety net, just as they would before a live audience. They do the trick, but then Narval makes a decision. They walk away, leaving the circus behind them. Back aboard the ship, Narval is joined by a loving Nina. Being "on the bus" means, well, let's hear Kesey explain it (via Tom Wolfe): But over time, quodlibet acquired a more specialized meaning. In medieval times, there would be certain days when professors of theology would open up the class, and answers questions on any theological topic. In fact, people not even enrolled in the school could come in off the street and pose a question. The professor would be required to answer any and all questions. The quodlibet was, thus, the opportunity for posing important, sometimes difficult questions to the masters of theology. Some theologians shunned quodlibets, while others loved them. St. Thomas Aquinas was among this latter group. (Transcriptsof some quodlibets by Aquinas, Ockham and others are available for sale at a nominalcost.) A novel about a writer creating a story (e.g. Misery, Secret Window, Secret Garden, At Swim-Two-Birds, Atonement, The Counterfeiters, The World According to Garp, Barton Fink, Adaptation., Alone on a Wide Wide Sea and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man). A novel or other work of fiction within the novel (e.g. The Laughing Man, The Dark Tower, The Crying of Lot 49, Sophie's World, A Clockwork Orange, Pale Fire, The Princess Bride, The Island of the Day Before, Steppenwolf, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). The Jealous Lover All of these themes and techniques are often used together. For example, metafiction and pastiche are often used for irony. These are not used by all postmodernists, nor is this an exclusive list of features. Escapin' through the lily fields ["The Faster We Go The Rounder We Get: aka part 2] I guess - what, what does a water balloon amount to, is that assault with a, uh... Characters who do things because those actions are what they would expect from characters in a story. (e.g. Scream, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Last Unicorn, "The Long Goodbye"). Sartre states that the writer must write for a public which has the freedom of changing everything. Shift to postmodernism Everywhere and all of the time-- Barthes spent the early 60s exploring the fields of semiology and structuralism, chairing various faculty positions around France, and continuing to produce more full-length studies. Many of his works challenged traditional academic views of literary criticism and of specific, renowned figures of literature. His unorthodox thinking led to a conflict with another French thinker, Raymond Picard, who attacked the French New Criticism (a label with which he inaccurately identified Barthes) for being obscure and disrespectful to the cultureÕs literary roots. Barthes' rebuttal in Criticism and Truth (1966) accused the old, bourgeois criticism of being unconcerned with the finer points of language and capable of selective ignorance towards challenging concepts of theories like Marxism. She is the governess and French tutor to Thomas Clayton Campbell Jr., a bored eleven-year-old American boy (Ricky Nelson) left in her charge at a hotel by his absent parents. One day, another boy dares him to visit Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (Ethel Barrymore), who lives next door and is reputed to be a witch. When he wishes he were a man, she tells him to wrap a red ribbon around his finger and recite her name at 8 pm, but she warns him that the spell will only last until midnight. The incantation works, and he is transformed into a young man (Farley Granger). The following year he received the National Prize for Literature from the University of Cuyo, the first of many honorary doctorates. From 1956 to 1970, Borges also held a position as a professor of literature at the University of Buenos Aires, while frequently holding temporary appointments at other universities. In 1955, and after the initiative of Ocampo, the new anti-Peronist military government appointed him head of the National Library.[5] By that time, he had become completely blind, like one of his best known predecessors, Paul Groussac (for whom Borges wrote an obituary). Neither coincidence nor the irony escaped Borges and he commented on them in his work: New Testament The second portion of the Christian Bible, which contains 27 books that form the basis of Christian belief. These books include the sayings of Jesus, the story of his life and work, the death and resurrection of Jesus now celebrated as Easter, the teachings and writings of the apostles, and instruction for converting nonbelievers and for performing baptisms, blessings, and other rituals. The New Testament is believed to have been written c. A.D. 100, some 70 to 90 years after the death of Jesus. [inaudible]...came up inside of me, blew the dust clouds all away Phish has covered the song live at least once. Metafiction Jorge Luis Borges died of liver cancer in 1986 in Geneva and is buried in the Cimetire des Rois (Plainpalais). A few months before his death, via an attorney in Paraguay, he married Kodama. After years of legal wrangling about the legality of the marriage, Kodama, as sole inheritor of a significant annual income, has control over his works. Her administration of his estate has bothered some scholars; she has been denounced by the French publisher Gallimard, by Le Nouvel Observateur, and by intellectuals such as Beatriz Sarlo, as an obstacle to the serious reading of Borges' works.[13] Borges's narrator describes how his universe consists of an endless expanse of interlocking hexagonal rooms, each of which contains the bare necessities for human survivaland four walls of bookshelves. Though the order and content of the books is random and apparently completely meaningless, the inhabitants believe that the books contain every possible ordering of just a few basic characters (letters, spaces and punctuation marks). Though the majority of the books in this universe are pure gibberish, the library also must contain, somewhere, every coherent book ever written, or that might ever be written, and every possible permutation or slightly erroneous version of every one of those books. The narrator notes that the library must contain all useful information, including predictions of the future, biographies of any person, and translations of every book in all languages. Conversely, for many of the texts some language could be devised that would make it readable with any of a vast number of different contents. (Of course text consisting of all the same letter 'aaaaa' would not have any content by any scheme of interpretation). Also during these years Macedonio Fern‡ndez became a major influence on Borges, who inherited the friendship from his father. The two would hold court in cafŽs, country retreats, or Macedonio's tiny apartment in the Balvanera district. Often written as "Skippin' through the lily fields." Narrative footnotes, which continue the story while commenting on it (e.g. Pale Fire, House of Leaves, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, From Hell by Alan Moore, Cable & Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, An Early History of Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer, many books by Robert Rankin and the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett). The Bus Their minds remained unbended, "`There are going to be times,' says Kesey, `when we can't wait for somebody. Now you're either on the bus or off the bus. If you're on the bus, and you get left behind, then you'll find it again. If you're off the bus in the first place--then it won't make a damn.' And nobody had to have it spelled out for them. Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: `You're either on the bus...or off the bus." (Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, p. 74) The word is a combination of the Latin "quod" (meaning "what") andlibet ("it pleases"). For use of quodlibet in its most literal sense, see, for example, the Latin translation of the Book of Leviticus. Com