HAPPY October y’all! I’m very, VERY, VERY fucking excited TO ANNOUNCE that I have chosen THE FOUR writers who WILL be leading DISCUSSIONS of Blood Meridian at the END OF the month:
They’ll EACH have a separate WRITE up that HOPEFULLY will act as something BOTH interesting TO READ and as a JUMPING off point for DISCUSSION. AS ALWAYS, any suggestions on HOW THE discussion SHOULD HAPPEN or whatever ARE always WELCOME. After the JUMP it’s time to TALK ABOUT some DFW.
THERE’S BEEN a lot of talk and discussion ABOUT WHAT to do with the BIG OL’ book in THE room: Infinite Jest. I have COME TO A decision. We ARE MOVING that crazy DOORSTOP to May through August (or June to Sept. let ME KNOW which works BEST FOR y’all, but IT’S ABOUT 3 months and SOME change). The goal IS TO spend THE SUMMER reading it. “WAIT, ISN’T THAT exactly LIKE http://infinitesummer.org/” you ASK? Yes, it IS, and that is the IDEA. BUT AMERICA didn’t invent democracy, YOU know. We just TOOK THAT shit and made it fucking better THAN ever.
The plan IS too give us plenty of TIME TO read and, at the SAME TIME, have ongoing discussions CONCERNING the book. Hopefully, BECAUSE IT is summer, it’ll open THE FLOODGATES to larger numbers of PARTICIPANTS who wouldn’t be able to cram SUCH A BEASTLY BOOK in several MONTHS on top of THEIR FANCY, ELITIST schools. As such, I’M GOING to probably rely ON PAST Bookgum WRITERS to help WITH THE write ups for IJ. Thus, if you WANNA WRITE for Infinite Jest you’re going to NEED TO volunteer to WRITE for one of the OTHER BOOKS so that I can know you’re RESPONSIBLE and what not.
That then BRINGS US to the question of WHAT will be REPLACING it. Rather than JUST MOVING everything up, I’M GONNA slide a book that almost MADE the cut, and I REALLY want to read.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
When We’ll Be Talking About It:
I KNOW next to nothing about THIS BOOK, but as I’ve been told, THAT’S EXACTLY THE right amount you should KNOW BEFORE diving into THIS tale. I’ve heard ALL SORTS of various praise for THIS BOOK, including a suspiciously DECONTEXTUALIZED quote from Time calling it “THE NOVEL OF THE DECADE.” SO the hype is minimal, BASICALLY. Also, it’s ABOUT TO be a major motion PICTURE with Keira “SOMEONE HELP ME GET OUT OF THESE PERIOD PIECES” Knightley and Andrew “Likes: Spiderman movies” Garfield. So, WHATEVER that means! Maybe it MEANS you’ll LIKE IT. Either way, IT’S what we’re reading and it’s gonna BE GREAT.