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David Foster Wallace's Balancing BooksFictions of Value$
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Jeffrey Severs

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179447

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179447.001.0001

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In Line for the Cash Register with Wallace

In Line for the Cash Register with Wallace

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(p.244) Conclusion In Line for the Cash Register with Wallace
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David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books
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Jeffrey Severs

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179447.003.0008

“THERE YOU are at the market while your items are being tallied” (PK 343). To conclude, I leave Wallace there, where he has in a certain sense been his entire career, waiting for value to resolve itself into something other than the price tag on a commodity. His work is often quite Beckettian, but there is no blasted landscape, no Godot—one waits instead for reconciliation at the cash register. From the voice of Mindy saying “Total: seventeen-fifty” (...

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