“The closet is stuffed with material he has yet to read. He has to wedge new books into the shelves, force them in, insert them sideways, squeeze everything, keep everything. There is nothing in the room he can discard as irrelevant or out-of-date. It all matters on one level or another. This is the room of lonely facts. The stuff keeps coming” (DeLillo 378).
“…Documents have indeed become our landscape, our experience, our idiom, but they do not necessarily help us know” (Herbert 312).
What instances of record-compiling, or archive building, can be identified in Libra in addition to Nicholas Branch and his assignment? How are these ‘paper trails’ meant to function; and further, do they ever serve the purpose they are meant to? What are the ramifications of this self-induced avalanche of information to the modern State and psyche?