Last Thoughts on Gargantua

After a leisurely summer break, we wrap up Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel and move on to a new book! Following reads like Naked Lunch and all things Updike, Irving, and Roth, the sexual brazenness, visceral violence, and moral ambiguity of Gargantua delivers more snores than shocks. Yes, taken in context, this nearly 500 year old episodic work … Continue reading

Digital Reality

In three separate instances that I’ve tallied so far, Neuromancer describes ways for a person to be assimilated by a technology. These are characters that give up independence or humanity in order to be controlled by a machine. The author William Gibson has come up with some ingenious ways of conceiving this. Here are three: … Continue reading