"We live in a comic time. And the worse it gets the more comic we are.”
April 9, 2022 2:26 PM   Subscribe

William Gaddis: Below Deck On The Ship of Fools (Pt. 1; Pt. 2) posted by chavenet (4 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
'Nearly everything in the United States...was made within the last 100 years, and done so by whoever promised that they could do it for the cheapest.' resonated with me.
posted by MtDewd at 3:11 PM on April 9 [2 favorites]

My uncle is a Gaddis stan and whenever I read anything about him I'm convinced I would like his books too. But I've picked up JR twice and both times I got about 200 pages in, really enjoyed those pages, had to stop, and had a hard time getting back into it. I think it's the kind of book I need to read in a long, focused reading jag, and with young kids I just don't have that kind of time. Annnnd I guess the vibe I get from Gaddis is that if I'd let my small children get in the way of Experiencing Art he would prefer not to have me as a reader anyway.

One of these days, Gaddis.
posted by potrzebie at 3:12 PM on April 9 [2 favorites]

Try the audio book of JR, it's great.
posted by Lorin at 4:36 PM on April 9 [1 favorite]

"we're comic.
We're all comics.
We live in a comic time.
And the worse it gets
the more comic we are."

-William Gaddis
posted by clavdivs at 5:05 PM on April 9

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