All of this is basically reading around/between/over Gravity’s Rainbow:
Rereading Roberto Bolaño’s Nazi Literature in the Americas again. (I reviewed it here on this blog over five goddamn years ago). I want to read 2666 (yet) again, so this is…I don’t know…a staving off against that urge?
Yuri Herrera’s excellent novella Signs Preceding the End of the World also makes me want to read 2666. You should read this book (Signs, but also 2666). I will write a Full Goddamn Review—but excellent. Get it from And Other Stories.
Reading GR interspersed with short (often very short) stories from the collection Africa 39—two hits, a miss, and a shrug so far. More thoughts to come.
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis. Like a palate cleanser. Wait. Not the right term. I mean, like, a sorbet—tasteful, tasty, snappy, bright. There are some longer pieces at the end, I see, that I will not get to for awhile. More to come—but let’s get real, you either like what Davis does or you don’t and your indifference, like all indifference, is uninteresting, but not boring or damning, let alone an indictment of your beautiful character. Chill.
David Winters’s collection Infinite Fictions. Damn him! Not really. This book is great—the book I wish that I had written.
I have tried and failed to write about Jason Schwartz’s first book A German Picturesque four goddamn times now.
I don’t think I will even try to write about Gravity’s Rainbow. (Unless I do try).
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I took your recommendation and read 2666. I Finished it late last year and immediately after I told my wife she had to read it. Since she’s finished it, we both seem to agree that it’s probably one of the greatest books we’ve ever read if not the best.
After that I’ve been on a reading frenzy. I’ve read Nabokov’s Ada or Ardor, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and am now reading Barnes’ Nightwood and Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.
Up next: Blood Meridean, Europe Central, Ubik and The Crying of Lot 49.
You can summarize Gravity’s Rainbow for me, that one always lost me.
Were you reading these all at the same time?
I’ve got to get my hands on Infinite Fictions.
Yeah, reading all at once…sort of—the main book I’m reading now is Gravity’s Rainbow; the other books either are (very) short stories, essays, or novellas…gives me a break from GR.