[...] all one has really is the posture of lament. Left with neither joy nor sorry, all that remains are the repetitions of gloom and palliative consolations; namely, for W. and Lars, drink and conversation while slouched over a bar. What I find interesting about this repetition, in light of Iyer’s manifesto concerning literature, is that it occurs purely for the enjoyment of others. We, the mostly university educated, some of us vaguely professorial, derive the sort of pleasure these repetitions are patently designed in the book to avoid.
Very interesting review of Dogma by Brad Johnson at An und für sich.