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On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

i think 'heterological' is the term...

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm 0

On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

wonderful piece, thank you. searching for the Amherst Review archives to read "planet trillaphon" now. and my stab at the quiz:

These are words to be avoided for their failure to illustrate their own meaning. Particularly "pulchritude" (has an uglier word ever been uttered?) and "S-less" (which violates itself three times). Untyped, Unwritten, Indefinable, Misspelled, Invisible, Incomprehensible likewise defy their own definitions. Big is a little word; Diminutive is big. High-class is a tacky phrase, while Obscene and Vulgar are rather dainty. And Foreign is such a common, ordinary word, so divorced from its possibility as to almost carry no meaning at all.

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 11:18 am 3