Posted on November 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm in Books, Literature, Writers | RSS feed
1. I read most of Browne’s Urn Burial in line waiting to vote in Florida.
2. I drafted a post about rereading Bartleby with Melville House’s “digital illuminations.” I will return to the draft. Promise.
4. I can’t review the Ben Marcus. (Don’t know how).
5. I may write about The Loser on here. I have about 40 more pages. I switched to reading it on the Kindle.
6. I got sidetracked and didn’t finish At Swim-Two-Birds.
7. I read the first part of Sebald’s After Nature, about Matthias Gruenwald and his friend (lover?). Lovely.
8. I drafted a post about Max Apple and DFW and then decided my comments weren’t worth finishing.
9. I had every good intention of reviewing Lars Iyer’s Dogma, which I read on the beach last spring, back to back with Michel Houellebecq’s The Map & The Territory, which I also neglected to write on.
10. I will write on Walser, maybe, some day, or not.
11. I wrote about Markson’s The Last Novel, and I think I would just repeat that review, and add suicides for Reader’s Block.
12. Zizek’s Lacan: What to say?
13. I liked Phi and will try to muster a review.
14. Still reading Hughes’s Goya. In a bedside pile that’s being cleared out (with this lot). It will remain.
Do you plan on starting O’Brien’s ‘The Third Policeman’ soon? Apparently its even more experimental than ASTB!
I read it and managed to write on it:
Did you enjoy the Ben Marcus?
Yes—it was really funny, obviously strange—sort of like a code that kept shifting, or a series of deferrals. It’s a book in its own idiom.
our stacks are siblings – it’s encouraging
Don’t get the whole Lars Iyer thing. Tried to read both Spurious and Dogma, and I have no idea what people are so jazzed about. Just got done reading Thirlwell’s The Delighted States. Awesome.
I liked Delighted States. I think Iyer is reviving a kind of late modernism that the Brits seem to be into these days. A sort of anti-postmodernism stance (which is, in my reading, a postmodern move).
Did you ever end up reading Perec’s Life, A User’s Manual?
. . . nope : (
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