Odditorium: A Novel by Hob Broun

By Hob Broun

A professional softball participant, an alcoholic husband, a drug deal out of city, and buried treasure—the postmodern and vibrantly pulpy debut novel from Hob Broun

The heroine of Odditorium is Tildy Soileau, a certified softball participant caught in a down-and-out marriage in South Florida. Leaving her husband to his personal boozy inertia, she jumps on the probability to shuttle to manhattan with Jimmy Christo, just recently published from a psychological establishment, and make a few much-needed money on a drug deal.

Adventure is simply as a lot a motivating strength, even though, and Tildy quick will get concerned with a charismatic drug broker; in the meantime, in conducting enterprise, Jimmy is dangerously sidetracked in Tangier. by the point the 2 are again in Florida, a monetary boon greets them, yet right here, too, hassle is within the wings. officially bold and entire of jolts of the unforeseen, Odditorium is an addictive romp via shady nation-states.

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Today, Juoy would have been thrown in jail and severely punished, as he might have been prior to modern times. But in this small, still rural nineteenth-century village, he was sentenced, in effect, to become a subject of study and investigation. The man had his brain pan measured, his facial anatomy examined, his personal history taken down, and more. He was studied in the most minute detail. The then new methods of the medical and social sciences were applied to the end of "understanding" this man.

Those theories caught at least some of their impetus in the early years after World War II from writers who took an extreme and provocative interest in language. and 1950s and which led in turn to a rebellion of sorts, poststructuraltsm. Though postmodern social theory, when it applies itself to culture, has now lost much of its interest in technical linguistics and semiotics, one does well to examine, at least, the most elementary of the principles of that first linguistic turn. When in the early 1950s Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, A.

But, not knowing japanese, I was surprised to discover that what I thought was shrimp was something else. My older son who was with me, actually tried to mime a shrimp. As it turns out this' practice works tolerably well when ordering chicken, but fails miserably when one must imitate a shrimp and, even more so, when (as we discovered the next evening) what one wants is a piece of cow, that is: boeuf. Any social communication depends on a prior linguistic competence which, in turn, depends on paid-up membership in a social group from which the speaker acquires both training and permission to speak by borrowing words from the official (if second-nature) list of meani~gs agreed upon.

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