WOW, WELL that happened! A week ago, I was MAKING THE BACKGROUND border for this site and wondering to myself EXACTLY HOW many people I THOUGHT actually were going TO MAKE it through the book LET ALONE wax poetically about IT ON A website THAT’S I’VE twittered a FEW TIMES. MORE SO, I was worried THAT I HAD bothered our four WRITERS with SEVERAL emails, and they’d PUT SO MUCH hard work INTO it only to HAVE no one show up and LISTEN (and then IT’D BE basically a Glee episode, what WITH THE continual “let’s PUT ON THIS really expensive show for only OUR CREEPY ASS teacher in the lone AUDITORIUM” and even Ryan MURPHY IS growing tired OF THAT shit). So you CAN ALL imagine my delight TO FIND quite a few MONSTERS coming to the SITE AND commenting. Great COMMENTS, TOO!
So far this WEEK, WE’VE had over 2200 VISITS to Bookgum which to SOME INTERNET masters out there MIGHT not sound like A LOT. THAT ISN’T even viral! Then when YOU STOP and think that it’s a WEBSITE specifically for talking ABOUT BOOKS that’s an (unofficial) offshoot of A LABYRINTHIAN website with nary A SINGLE video of someone falling down OR STREAMING porn to be FOUND, IT KINDA seems like a lot! When it comes DOWN TO it, I’d just really LIKE TO say a giant THANK you out there TO EVERYONE who has commented, read, written, or voted and HELPED MADE this first Bookgum reading such a BLAST.
I REALLY wanted to refrain from MAKING this post about anything TO INVOLVED with the book AND USE IT more as a wrap-up for the week. HOWEVER, in the past WEEK, the ramifications OF THE larger themes in this book (AGAIN, illuminated by OUR FANTASTIC writers) have shaken ME A BIT. Discussing mindless violence AND THE great JOKE that is Blood Meridian has underscored DISTURBING events LIKE the infamous “head stomp” at the Kentucky Senate DEBATE with even more vitriol THAN they eventually HAD (which was a lot). It’s ONE THING to read a novel about mankind’s KINSHIP with violence and it’s EVEN one thing TO HEAR about violence in an ONGOING war, but it’s ANOTHER to witness IT HAPPEN at what should BE THE SCENE of one of OUR most civilized events: the ability TO DEBATE BELIEFS AND views in a moderated, relaxed FASHION sans of all, you know, FUCKING HEAD STOMPING. Yet this happens ALL THE time to the point where everyday VIOLENCE IS toss offed as SIMPLY an inevitability, and WE CEASE to notice the ludicrous behavior THAT SURROUNDS us.
I don’t WANT TO piss people OFF for referencing the Dark Knight (and SERIOUSLY, IF YOU didn’t enjoy that movie YOUR AWESOMEASFUCK-OMOETER is probably broken AND YOU should get that LOOKED at), but I think THE ONE MOMENT of the film Nolan really STRUCK at something was Ledger’s line about it “all [being] part of the plan.” IT WAS quite right. We’re revolted BY DEAD babies hanging FROM A TREE–as we should BE–but it really ISN’T ANY worse or unlikely than ALL THE teenagers who ARE shot, the WOMEN WHO are raped, and the drug addicts WHO fall into VIOLENT lives of DESPAIR that permeate THE underbelly OF OUR culture. Sure, they MIGHT WARRANT a government-funded “War On…” or two AND MAYBE a nightly news special, but at the END OF THE day, everyone WOULD rather go back TO WHATEVER rerun of “Keeping up with SprayTanMonsters” IS PLAYING. I THINK the closest THING to a point, McCarthy might BE MAKING is that man needs TO UNDERSTAND his capacity for VIOLENCE and face it, RATHER THAN simply setting IT ASIDE, STICKING fingers in OUR EARS and hoping it WILL ALL go away. Granted, I don’t THINK MCCARTHY is saying WE CAN make violence go AWAY, rather that is IS ENGRAVED in us and we MUST understand that, not GLOSS over it. At the VERY LEAST, I think McCarthy is AWARE OF THE absurd disconnect in SOCIETY BETWEEN the “I don’t WANNA THINK about it” and “Saw 3d? FUCK YEAH/24 hour doomnews cycle” attitudes that WE see day TO DAY.
With that SERMONIZING behind us, I’d like to again give a BIG THANK you to Shellbomber, Hotspur, Mans, and Dr Girlfriend, THEY BROUGHT THE thunder each day, AND MADE i fucking e-rain UP IN here. Also, THANK YOU again to everyone else WHO READ, visited, OR COMMENTED. Obviously, we could NOT DO THIS without Y’ALL!
Below, feel FREE TO hash out any REMAINING thoughts, favorite passages, randomness, going-as-the-Judge-for-Halloween-costume-pics ETC. FREE SPEECH, fuckers!
We’re now starting ON our NOVEMBER pick, Kazua Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. IF YOU are interested in DOING a write up FOR THAT novel, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT AnAmPatriot@gmail.com before NOVEMBER 6 as I will BE PICKING the writers that WEEKEND.
I’d also LIKE TO ANNOUNCE that the BOOKGUM BOOKSHELF is now up at
AFTER the weekend, I’ll try TO GET IT up as a constant LINK OVER on the right. THANKS AGAIN to everyone, and TO GABE, AND to Scott AND TO BIRDIE (for making VIDEOGUM and Stereogum, DUH), and HAVE AN excellent AND SAFE weekend!