Order is simply a thin, perilous condition we try to impose on the basic reality of chaos (William Gaddis)

Before we go any further here, has it ever occurred to any of you that all this is simply one grand misunderstanding? Since you’re not here to learn anything, but to be taught so you can pass these tests, knowledge has to be organized so it can be taught, and it has to be reduced to information so it can be organized do you follow that? In other words this leads you to assume that organization is an inherent property of the knowledge itself, and that disorder and chaos are simply irrelevant forces that threaten it from the outside. In fact it’s the opposite. Order is simply a thin, perilous condition we try to impose on the basic reality of chaos . . .

So I’m going through William Gaddis’s novel J R again (via Nick Sullivan’s amazing audiobook recording-performance)…

2 thoughts on “Order is simply a thin, perilous condition we try to impose on the basic reality of chaos (William Gaddis)

  1. Gibbs! One of my favorite characters in JR. Loved his rant on entropy and its these types of passages that really make the book for me. Incidentally, I am reading it for first time now and up to page 450 in the Penguin Edition. Gaddis makes you work for it but he is unlike anything before or after him in my opinion. His scene transitions in this novel are especially notable – they are at once beautiful and extremely difficult. The comedy in this novel is also laugh out loud at points.

    As I stated in a previous comment, I can really see a lot of Gaddis’ influence in Dara more than any other contemporary author, especially in some of the community scenes where various members of the community are speaking out against the speaker in town hall meeting scenes.

    Brilliant stuff.

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