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Omnipotence for the Millions Brook Ziporyn

Omnipotence for the Millions

Brook Ziporyn

Published June 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780595184149
Paperback
253 pages
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 About the Book 

A thinking mans bedroom farce. Omnipotence For The Millions is best described as a weeping mans bedroom farce, a tale of infuriatingly ineluctable agape and abortive misanthropy, of a love-hate triangle of rivalrous comrades and wives, of humanMoreA thinking mans bedroom farce. Omnipotence For The Millions is best described as a weeping mans bedroom farce, a tale of infuriatingly ineluctable agape and abortive misanthropy, of a love-hate triangle of rivalrous comrades and wives, of human intersubjectivity conceived as a world wherein everyone is constantly enacting exasperatingly ambiguous atrocities on everyone else and everyones kind of pissed off about it probably but nobodys quite sure. It is the story of a certain Mr. Smithers and his close associate and rival Mr. Smith, and their unfortunate intertwining in the fast-paced back-slappingly fulfilling industry of late night self-help infomercial production. Smithers mercy-begging detestation of his putative buddy is, it would seem, no match for the latters obliviously cheerful ability to just not get it. At various points Smithers is called upon to serve not only as Smiths best friend, his employer, his wifes lover, his business partner and his archrival, but also as his teacher (in a formal classroom setting) and as his valet. The two men, like all two men, are tacitly struggling for the same quantum of virtual space—job, money, status, women, existential authenticity, all of which are in limited supply. And yet, by dint of some sadistically neutral cosmic conspiracy, theyre forced to stand around talking to each other all the time. The subject of this book, broadly speaking, is that old-time sideshow favorite formerly known as The Human Condition, in this case construed as an elaboration of whats so bad about ever having to be in the same room with anyone else.