Occupy Gaddis (A William Gaddis Resource Page)

Why Occupy Gaddis?

 The Gaddis Annotations is, like, the source

Biblioklept reviews J R (part 1)

Biblioklept reviews J R (part 2)

“Trickle-Up Economics: JR Goes to Washington” (1987 sequel to J R)

“Fire the Bastards!”: Jack Green’s wonderful rant against the critics who panned The Recognitions

Biblioklept reviews The Recognitions

William Gaddis fiction-to-music entelechy transducer

Gaddis’s interview with The Paris Review

Julian Schnabel’s Gaddis portrait:

Gaddis interview at The Dalkey Archive

Why did Gaddis write J R?

Biblioklept reviews Agapē Agape

“A well-meaning, sincere hypocrite” : Gaddis on his title character, JR (and capitalism)

“Authenticity’s wiped out” — A passage from Agapē Agape

“Recognizing Gaddis” (1987 NYT article)

William Gaddis’s self-portrait:

William Gaddis on the Pulitzer Prize: “The Ultimate Seal of Mediocrity”

Gaddis on hipsters

“Mr. Difficult” (Jonathan Franzen whines about Gaddis)

William Gaddis on James Joyce

The State of Gaddis

The Guardian review of Agapē Agape

Cynthia Ozick’s review of Carpenter’s Gothic

Gaddis annotates Thomas Bernhard

The failure of Gaddis

LRB review of Agapē Agape/The Rush for Second Place


  1. Samuel · June 27, 2012

    Now THIS is fabulous! For what it’s worth, The Recognitions is the only novel of its size that I’ve read through twice, with plans simmering on the back burner to read it again. Thank you for this resource.


  2. Kim Cascone · June 27, 2012

    don’t forget to add: http://www.williamgaddis.org/


    • Biblioklept · June 27, 2012

      Kim, williamgaddis.org is so much the prime resource for Gaddis stuff that I consciously left it off the list, although I did link to it a few times on this list (and it undoubtedly led me to some of these sources/ideas in the past)—I even posted the Ozick rev to that site instead of NYT’s archives. It wasn’t meant to be a slight at all, leaving it off—more like a recognition that it’s like, *the* site for Gaddis notes, and anyone searching out Gaddis stuff has likely been there. Although maybe this needs to be clarified for potential Gaddisites. . . .


  3. S. · June 27, 2012

    This is incredible, thank you.


  4. Kim Cascone · June 27, 2012

    I’m constantly surprised by the number of people who don’t know about the williamgaddis.org site and those who have not used it while reading or re-reading Gaddis – redundancy is often helpful to ADD types ;)


    • Biblioklept · June 27, 2012

      Well, I added it—You know, I tried to stay away from it for the most part—didn’t want to get too bogged down in reference points—but it’s especially helpful for Recognitions.


  5. CTRL-ALT · June 27, 2012

    Jonathan Franzen: Please. Just love me. I’m begging you. Please love me and then please, just leave me alone.


  6. Dwight · June 27, 2012

    Wow, what a great round-up. Thanks!


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  8. Joel Minor · June 27, 2012

    Hi–thanks for this fantastic list of Gaddis resources! You might consider adding a link to the William Gaddis Papers–his complete literary archive: http://library.wustl.edu/units/spec/manuscripts/gaddis.html. The link for the finding aid is under the picture. You can contact me (the curator) with any questions.


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