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  1. The Laughing Man is not J. D. Salinger [0] "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. ... I wouldn't have to have any ...useless conversations ... write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. ...and then I'd be through with having conversations... [1] [2] [3] [4] "You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose.". [5] "You know what I'd like to be? I mean if I had any goddamn choice, I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all," is shown written on a lefty's catcher's mitt. A 'lefty's catcher's mitt' is attributed as "net jargon for something you think is real, when actually it is not"; this picks up on the notion of "Phoniness" evident in The Catcher in the Rye. (ibid) Ironically, while the mitt is actually real, the term "a lefty's catcher mitt" is described as being net jargon for "something people think exists, but really doesn't." [6] When Togusa comes to investigate the center, he discovers that someone has written the famous Laughing Man logo text in a PBX cabinet but has added "or should I?" The irony being that since everybody uses his icon and name for their own purposes, the original meaning of his actions, an artful forced confession of the truth through fear in the public eye, becomes "phony" itself. (ibid) ? ??
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    I suppose that diagraming the relationships described in the first half of the essay would make it too much like something from a textbook. It seems to me that reversibility would involve an unwinding rather than a completion, moving backwards along the story arc rather than forwards and that the advance of the main character's perspective renders the cycle of events more spiral than circular. Does Turner employ any particular definiton of syntagmatic? Does he make his use of that term explicit or does he leave it tacit? How does his use compare with the one given here: Semiotics for Beginners? What is the difference between "how to do something" and "how to think about something"? Is thinking doing? To what degree is thinking doing? And what about the relationship between "how to do something" and methodology? It is simply that one is practice and the other theory? One a study of the logic of the method, the other the method itself? Why not show both the main character and the impact character changing over the course of the story? Many kinds of comparisons can be made when contrasting the beginning and ending states of a story and the progress of different characters. Perhaps the teleology results from the pedagocic needs of the story teller? That is, dramatic satisfaction enables the successful implantation of memes? Perhaps it makes the story memorable and the memes sticky?
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