Play It as It Lays to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, gestured toward an ethic of personal failure or insufficiency—a sense of one's faulty position within the baroque machinery of American productivity. The threat of obsolescence takes many forms, and may have marked stylistic consequences. Anxiety regarding what is coming around the next chronological or technological bend can produce works such as Gaddis's J R, which famously uses 726 chaotic pages of intermingling, unattributed dialogue to contemplate …" /> Play It as It Lays to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, gestured toward an ethic of personal failure or insufficiency—a sense of one's faulty position within the baroque machinery of American productivity. The threat of obsolescence takes many forms, and may have marked stylistic consequences. Anxiety regarding what is coming around the next chronological or technological bend can produce works such as Gaddis's J R, which famously uses 726 chaotic pages of intermingling, unattributed dialogue to contemplate …" /> Play It as It Lays to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, gestured toward an ethic of personal failure or insufficiency—a sense of one's faulty position within the baroque machinery of American productivity. The threat of obsolescence takes many forms, and may have marked stylistic consequences. Anxiety regarding what is coming around the next chronological or technological bend can produce works such as Gaddis's J R, which famously uses 726 chaotic pages of intermingling, unattributed dialogue to contemplate …" />