Hamlet. Dir. Kennth Branagh. Perf. Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, and Billy Crystal. Warner Brothers, 1996.
Hamlet. Dir. Franco Zeffirrelli. Perf. Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, and Helena Bonham-Carter. Warner Brothers, 1995.
The stories by JDP and DFW are brief, and to the point. Both take large themes -- war, fatherhood, economics -- and boil them down to a few lines. Both encapsulate popular culture as a means of making a larger point. (WWI would have been as familiar to JDP's readers as garage sales were to DFW's.) In the case of JDP, the point seems to be: war sucks. In the case of DFW, the point is: people suck. If that summary seems too irreverent, the fault lies at the feet of JDP and DFW. They wrote wittily and briefly, making their arguments with a scalpel. An analysis of their work seems to require the same.
David Foster Wallace, "The Devil is a Busy Man," Found in Brief Interview with Hideous Men, (Back Bay, 2000).
John Dos Passos, "The Body of An American," Found in 1919, (New York: First mariner, 1959).
Cunningham, William P. & Cunningham, Mary Ann, "Principles of environmental science: inquiry & applications," (McGraw-Hill, 2007).
Fleck, Richard F., "Black Elk Speaks: a Native American View of Nineteenth-century American History," Journal of American Culture 17.1 (1994).
LaDuke, Winona, All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1999).
Homer, "The Odyssey"
Sophocles, "Oedipus the King"