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Posted by Mr. Poe | April 10, 2008 2:08 PM
Posted by chops | April 10, 2008 2:19 PM

you do kafka a massive injustice to judge him only on his ability to mimic the imaginary ideal of art.

Posted by some dude | April 10, 2008 2:21 PM

I think Mr. Poe nailed it.

Posted by Spoogie | April 10, 2008 2:53 PM

Yet another classic Mudede turd shat all over the pages of Slog. Will it never end?

Posted by Bwana | April 10, 2008 3:18 PM

You people are nuts! This is fucking perfection. Thanks for the post, Charles. This totally made my afternoon.

Posted by kid icarus | April 10, 2008 3:57 PM

Red plus purple equals whore.

Posted by Moniker duder | April 10, 2008 4:00 PM

I agree with kid icarus. Magnificent. Thanks, Charles.

Posted by Lincolnish | April 10, 2008 4:54 PM

So what does Kafka look like seen through the conceptual lens of Adorno’s negative mimesis?

Posted by Tim Appelo | April 10, 2008 6:04 PM

Good question, Tim. But hell, that's a wonderful story. Thanks, Charles, for putting it up, but how can you love this and not the novels? I would have thought Kafka, c'est toi.

Posted by Lesley Hazleton | April 11, 2008 11:09 AM

hazleton and appelo. first hazleton, I think Borges' said somewhere that a story should only have one miracle or supernatural event. Something like that is at work with stories about the infinite. The best expression of infinity is not large works but small ones. Kafak's novels, like the short piece posted, are about the infinite but they are much too long. the smaller the better.

Appelo, because the novels are much too long, too long about the infinite, it is only through a marxist lens that their value can be seen. this lens sees this long infinity as a negative reflection to the endlessness of the capitalist market and system of exploitation. Each of kafka's novels is a negative of society in the age monopoly capital.

Posted by charles mudede | April 11, 2008 1:27 PM

Ha -- Tim, I think I got the better answer!

Posted by Lesley Hazleton | April 11, 2008 5:51 PM

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