Ruocco writes to move matter; in a Ruoccan sentence, material operates as the image of the sentence, a figural singing out of the sentence as such, this dark matter, earthen, a realism not of a fiction but of the writing.
My personal nomination for the greatest work of literature of the 20th century is Allen Carr’s THE EASYWAY TO STOP SMOKING, followed immediately thereafter by James Joyce’s ULYSSES.
We’ve had a manifest destiny mindset since the beginning. Our goal is to be the largest AND best independent catalog company in the world, which means making left turns at right turn only intersections.
You can glance at my byline and gather who I am, who I might be—I don’t have to disclose my race to you. Nor can I avoid it, in the same way it’d be impossible for me to hide my race from you on the street.
The reality of David Foster Wallace’s life is minimized, if not quite evaded, by what the screenwriter and director omit or massage to keep The End of the Tour on a predictable narrative arc and a comfortable, mostly comic plane.