Ads, this note's for you: a new DFW essay called Consider the Lobster
. Amazing how quickly these things spread on the blog community. There's nothing left but for DFW to make his own blog, footnoted.com
This quote/footnote's from Rakesprogress
: intranational tourism: "...radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way--hostile to my fantasy of being a real individual, of living somehow outside and above it all...[t]o be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in a way you can never admit. It is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience...[a]s a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing." TingleAlley
also has a quote which some bastard's already commented on.