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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Yes, I am a complete twat

(Off-topic stuff follows, please ignore)

Over at
Tim's place the other day there was an intriguing comment by M.A.Peel about this.

I thought that it sounded like a good idea. (I know, I know.)

So today, I almost broke my arm lifting the
fucker off the shelf (£5 off at Waterstones, only £3 off at Borders - I would've got it 2nd hand if I'd had the time. I mean jesus I hadn't realised it wasn't even out in paperback yet. I've never bought a brand new hardback before in my life - fifteen-fucking-quid? It'd better fucking be good).

Even though the whole experiment is a blog I will probably not link as me (I mean Spinny 'me' not 'real' me) because the commentators are all already terrifying nutcases and I don't want them coming round here.


Fuckers.

I was going to ask if anyone wanted to join me on this Pynchon Odyssey, but I realise how tragic that sounds so, um, just telling you all in case you're interested, OK? (This is by FAR the saddest thing I have ever done.)

13 Comments:

  • I don't read anything written after 1700.

    By Blogger Chaucer's Bitch, at 10:55 PM  

  • I'll go for the Pynchon Trek. Always had a soft spot for him since Gravity's Rainbow. I'll reserve xmas for a serious dose. It certainly sounds like (judging by the reviews) it'll be a handful

    By Blogger the whales, at 12:13 AM  

  • I had certain amount of teething trouble with Gravity's Rainbow.

    I'd love to join in with this, but I don't have the time. How much of a twat does that make me sound?

    By Blogger patroclus, at 3:26 AM  

  • I've ploughed throuihg most Pynchon - but gave Mason And Dixon a miss - as I probably will Against The Day. Life is just too short. The idea of Pynchon is far better than the reality. Read The Crying Of Lot 49 - that's all you need and it's only 200-pages long

    By Blogger Wyndham, at 8:15 AM  

  • God, rather than being sad, it sounds really brave. I would do it, but I am a Post grad lit student and they would destroy me; they have a disclaimer stating it at the top of the page. Even posting anonymously some lexical error might reveal me, and I can't afford the self confidence buouying pints (let alone the years of therapy this would entail..).

    PS. Sorry, i was the anonymous who wasn't looby on the last post - it was meant nicely.

    By Blogger Kissing just for practice, at 12:55 PM  

  • I read some Pynchon when I was at school (possibly Gravitys Rainbow, not sure though) and thought it seemed very cool but due to lack of exposure to pop culture (growing up with no TV) I actually didn't understand a thing.
    I attempted another one (a really big fat thing of a paperback) but couldnt get past the second page. I think I've had my fill of Pynchon. Although I might like it more now...

    By Blogger Loganoc, at 1:30 PM  

  • but I am a Post grad lit student and they would destroy me; they have a disclaimer stating it at the top of the page

    We don't exactly demand your Student ID at the door, you know... I'd really meant that disclaimer to ratchet back the old Pretenti-o-Meter from "Defending Before the Committee" to "kicked back on the porch with a sixer and some fat doobage." We've got quite a few enlistees, Pynchon neophytes, who've explicitly said they would be frightened off if the conversation became too abstruse and made them feel stupid. My sympathy's with them.

    But folks up for some nonacademic book-chat are more than welcome!

    Funny old Internet -- I'd meant this to be a little reading group for a few of my IRL friends; Google this, Technorati that, and bang-zoom I'm someplace I've never been before exhorting people who don't read anything written after 1700 to light a fattie on my porch.

    By Blogger Neddie, at 2:13 PM  

  • Oh, hello Neddie.

    I've read the first page-and-a-half. I'm not confused yet so that's good going.

    I'm kind of looking forward to it now. I imagine it'll be like a book group except you don't have to share your wine with anyone else.

    Not that I've ever been to a book group, like.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 2:36 PM  

  • Yep, I'm definitely too much of a coward...

    By Blogger Kissing just for practice, at 2:43 PM  

  • Oh, and about the "terrifying nutcases" aspect --

    One nutcase. And yes, he was terrifying, in a look-what-just-crawled-out-from-under-this-flagstone sort of way. He began his ranting and raving within about 40 seconds of my first post. But please note: He's gone now, and if he comes back we have ways of dealing with him.

    I know the rest of them in one form or another -- either in person or in the email-friend sense -- and ain't a nutcase in the bunch.

    We "officially" kick off tomorrow. Nice to have you aboard!

    By Blogger Neddie, at 3:23 PM  

  • Still doinfg Grav Rainbow. This is even longer apparently. *shudders*

    By Blogger Billy, at 6:41 PM  

  • This looks fun. If I were not going on holiday. Ah well.

    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 6:48 PM  

  • I've read the first 25 pages now. Nothing to scare the horses there. I've even laughed out loud once and smiled a couple of times.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 10:09 PM  

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