Preface
1 W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz. Trans. Anthea Bell (New York: Random House, 2001), 1
2 Annette Michelson, ‘‘Bodies in Space: Film as ‘Carnal Knowledge,’’’ Artforum 7.6
63.
3 The phrase is from James Robinson, Batman/Hellboy/Starman #1 (DC Comics, Jan
17.
4 ‘‘Theunthinkablewhichhappenedwasthustheobjectoffantasy:inaway,Ameri
it fantasized about, and this was the greatest surprise.’’ Slavoj Zizˇek,
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‘‘Welcome to
of the Real!’’ South Atlantic Quarterly 101:2 (spring 2002).
5 Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (New York: Rand
2000), 575.
6 Ibid., 582.
7 Steven Millhauser, ‘‘The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne’’ in Little Kingdoms (
Vintage Books, 1993), 107.
8 These texts present somewhat aestheticized and possibly defanged versions of W
roughs’sorderto‘‘StormtheRealityStudioandretaketheuniverse.’’Chabonand
accept the hard reality of the real and the provisional quality of these escapes. Y
writers evoke a similar sense of reality and fantasy flickering in and out of each
main.
9 CitedinWilliamLeach, Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New Amer
(New York: Vintage Books, 1993), 346.
Introduction
1 Walken’s speech patterns, often parodied by Kevin Spacey, exhibit this same co
in their quirky stresses and cadences.
2 Michel de Certeau, ‘‘Walking in the City,’’ in The Practice of Everyday Life, translate
Rendall (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984), 91–110.
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