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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

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

Jeffrey Severs

Columbia University Press

“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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