By William Gaddis

Absurdly logical, mercilessly actual, accumulating its personal tumultuous momentum for the last word brush with commodity education, JR captures the reader within the cacophony of voices that revolves round this younger captive of his personal myths. The aggravating readability with which this comprehensive author captures the ways that we deal, dissemble, and stumble via our phrases - via our lives - whereas the true plans are being made in other places makes JR the intense novel that it truly is.

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This raw silk that can't be wound and is called silk waste… —It's this, just this resource program my wife… —Yes well I think we ought to get back to that social service lesson there Dan looks like she's giving these youngsters a sense of real values, my boy there… ——when the silkworm starts to spin it discharges a colorless… that happens in the large bowel before … billions of dollars, and the market value of shares in public corporations today has grown to… —Getting some feedback on that enrichment program you just broadcast to half the world, Whiteback?

She hung up the telephone and dialed again. —No answer, I'll call and see if my visuals are ready… and she found her bun, washed in another bite with cold coffee and chewed into the mouthpiece, listening. ——gross profit on a business was sixty-five hundred dollars a year. He finds his expenses were twenty-two and one half percent of this profit. First, can you find the net profit? —What's that? demanded Hyde, transfixed by unseeing eyes challenging the vacant confine just over his head. —Sixth grade math.

I thought so, with that front of hers that's all you can look at, those French suits with nothing on under you don't dress like that on a teacher's salary. But don't get worried I'm not asking you for anything, if you think I'd ask for your support on anything at least of all in the arts, not after this performance. Not that it's anything different than the way you've always been, when I was having modern dance… —But those lessons… —And voice culture, singing… —But those lessons… —And painting, when I had it with Schepperman the support I got from you… —But those lessons, I paid him for those lessons… —Paid him!

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