Recognizing in his work the importance, not of affect and love, but of affectlessness
and lovelessness reveals that if Wallace's writing is itself affecting, it is not because it discovers an alchemical way of transmuting postmodern irony into golden sentiment, but because it so vividly stages the chemical covalence of love and fear.
How, I asked myself, can you have affectlessness
without affectfulness, and zestfulness but no zestlessness?
understood here as requesting a remedy for insomnia, exhaustion, boredom and affectlessness
59) The latter refers to an affected affectlessness
, to emotional self-control and relaxation.
Malcolm Kelsall argued that "the audience is invited to admire an amazing instance of the 'god-like height' to which the 'Roman virtues lift up mortal man,'" but is an extremity of emotional affectlessness
For that reason, the dry affectlessness
of Camus appealed to me.
in these matters, inside and outside the book, is sometimes chilling--in a forum broadcast on the ABC's Late Night Live, speaking of the massacre in the Barman diaries, he referred to a disputed number of 'kills'.