By DJ Pangburn 6 days ago
esse est percipi
“To be is to be perceived”
Bring up Samuel Beckett, and most people will be familiar with “Waiting for Godot,” or perhaps even “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Endgame” if they’re a bit more adventurous in their reading and theater-going. Known for his existential, absurdist brand of minimalism, Beckett isn’t exactly easy reading, even though he was the exact opposite of his idol and mentor, James Joyce. While Joyce was a kaleidoscopic maximalist, and the progenitor of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and William T. Vollman, Beckett wrote elliptical, darkly humorous works of existential absurdism. Beckett’s style paved the way for novelists and playwrights such as William S. Burroughs, Harold Pinter and even Charlie Kaufman‘s brand of cinema.
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