Category Archives: Mitchell, David

The Dissolution of Worlds

In his introduction to Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), Timothy Morton defines hyperobjects as “things that are massively distributed in time and space relative to humans,” one example being “the whirring ma… Continue reading

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Music from the Genome: Cloud Atlas as Biological Symphony

Describing his composition of Cloud Atlas Sextet to his friend Sixsmith, Robert Frobisher writes, “Boundaries between noise and sound are conventions…. All boundaries are conventions…. One may transcend any convention” (Mitchell 460). It is thi… Continue reading

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“Betwixt the beast & his meat”

I was struck by a moment early in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, when narrator Adam Ewing comes across a gathering of Moriori people observing the beating of another Moriori man, Autua. Ewing paints a gruesome picture:   “The piteous prisoner, … Continue reading

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