May 30th, 2020



Throughout White Noise we see people using items that represent a reality, rather than accepting the reality itself. Here, we find it with Murray’s pipe. "You’re smoking a pipe," Jack says, to which Murray replies, "It looks good. I like it. It works." He is not smoking the pipe for pleasure, because he likes it, but rather because the pipe conveys an impression that he wants to make. As Jack said earlier in the book, "I am the false character that follows the name around." Later we see Murray tell Jack

"Your status as a doomed man lends your words a certain prestige and authority...what people look for in a dying friend is a stubborn kind of gravel-voiced nobility, a refusal to give in, with moments of indomitable humor. You’re growing in prestige even as we speak. You’re creating a hazy light about your own body. I have to like it."

Its as if Murray is telling Jack how he is supposed to act according to some sort of movie role. The noble dying man who the family gathers around. Visions of reality rather than true dying. Finally we have Murray discussing Jack’s fear of death. Jack asks "Why have I had this fear so long, so consistently?" and Murray answers "Its obvious. You don’t know how to repress. We’re all aware there’s no escape from death. How do we deal with this crushing knowledge? We repress, we disguise, we bury, we exclude." Although Murray is relating what people do, it is never suggested that these are good things. In fact, this repression and disguise so overcomes the characters in the novel that even their simplest actions, Murray and Jack giving class lectures, for example, become acted out scenarios. The whole novel becomes, in a way, people acting out life rather than living. Everything is done with an audience in mind, with a gauged effect.

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Про выросшие цены

 Пишут, что цены на продукты в США поднялись на рекордные почти 3%, Мясо на 4.3%, яйца, овощи-фрукты-молочное-на 1.5%.
Вообще, исходя из моих ощущений, цены выросли намного больше. Они и до этого ползли вверх. Сейчас, может, добавилось,  потому что некоторые товары исчезли, и вместо них пришли другие, или еще что - но кое что выросло раза в полтора.
С мясом, кстати, особенно наглядно- это никак не 5% рост. ( там где я покупаю).
Овощи-фрукты и так, без коронавируса, в 2019-20м заметно (не на 2%: иногда м на 50%) подросли.
Есть конечно товары, что не поменялись в цене, есть скидки, распродажи,  сезонные и нет, за счет этого: может: покупательская корзина и не "поднялась" сильно (как и за счет того- что можно покупать вместо подорожавшего более дешевое другого качества, или производителя: по одежке протягивай ножки).