Hubertus and Cayce.

In the analysis that I performed on Pattern Recognition in my final essay, I concluded that Cayce was almost asexual in the novel, and that any graphic or direct depictions of sex had an adverse effect on the commitments that Cayce had made or wanted to make.

Narration in Oryx and Crake

Going along (sort of) with my response, I wanted to add in the idea of the narrative voice in Oryx and Crake. Obviously, it varies from Jimmy to Snowman, but there are also moments in which another narrator supercedes both of the protagonist's voices. Examples: "So who is he to blame them?

Response 10. Or maybe 9. Pattern Recognition.

A Few Thoughts on Pattern Recognition (potentially scattered, I apologize.)

Response 9

While reading Oryx and Crake, I was fascinated by the narrative structure that Atwood uses to tell her characters' story. At first, it was extremely confusing: it was difficult to tell the point at which Jimmy stopped and Snowman began. However, once I acclimated to this technique, I found it really interesting. After recognizing the differences between Jimmy and Snowman, I realized that pretty much every character has at least two identities, although they are not necessarily as clear-cut as those of the narrator.

recognizing names

One thing I found interesting about Pattern Recognition--especially as it includes a world of screen names--is the use of names. Obviously we touched on Cayce in class, but only briefly. What struck me most about Cayce was that, just before she explains the pronunciation of her name, she actually tells Voytek, "Call me Ishmael" (Gibson 32). Never having actually read Moby Dick (my high school was rather terrible), I would have just been confused by this statement except that in another of my classes, we just recently read a different novel with a very similar reference.

pattern recognition response

Well it's been a while since I last posted a response, so here are some thoughts about Pattern Recognition. Two aspects of this which I thought were quite interesting were the ideas of mirror worlds and soul-delay. What struck me as particularly interesting about mirror worlds was that, in a way, I read the book as thought it was set in a mirror world to our own. It is a world we more or less know, but the manner in which Gibson presents it is quite foreign. There are Starbucks on street corners, familiar cities and recognizable brand names are everywhere.

Unfortunately uninspired

So as much as I enjoyed the book I can't think of anything to add to what I said about it last Monday in class. As much as I would love to scrutinize the mantra "He took a duck in the face at two hundred and fifty knots" I'm finding myself particularly dry on creativity (101). I think it's all been poured into my thesis. I promise I'll have something fascinating to say about Oryx and Crake :-D

Pattern Recognition: brands

In a lot of different ways, Pattern Recognition reminds me of some postmodern books I've read, especially Infinite Jest. IJ also exhibits signs of our society's preoccupation with brands (Large corporations advertise by sponsoring/subsidizing a year. For example, "Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland.") Also, during the discussion of Slow River, conspicuous consumption. These are themes that also pop up in PR.

A Doer

I was just thinking about the discussion of how Cayce does or doesn't fit the role of the female in science-fiction in respect to how things happen to her vs her happening to things. I want to point out the fact that she transcends these categorizations in her professional life. On one level, she very much makes the world revolve around her, as just a simple yes or no qualifies the value of a Logo into which a lot of time and money has been put. However, it isn't quite her that does those things.

Pattern Recognition: An Outsider's Viewpoint

In a world of billboards and ad spots, and more to the point, a world of product placement, growing ever more subtle, as demonstrated by Trans in Pattern Recognition, it seems that there's no way to understand Western culture without being so thoroughly exposed to advertising that corporate mores don't draw one in to a world where one is an object of the market. Who then, has the ability to objectively observe markets in action without abstracting them to the degree of economics?

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