Sunday, January 15, 2006

Create your own myth.

It's not hard to find a conservative who says s/he "watch[ed] the wife of the nominee break down into tears yesterday evening at the treatment being given to her husband by Senate Democrats." (S/he wasn't "watching" too hard, since the tears came in response to a question from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. James Wolcott has the goods.) But can you find a conservative who has corrected this mistake? The myth is more rewarding.

Rats -- I already broke my resolution to ignore those who complain about "how partisan and out of control the whole process has become" and then talk only about Democrats.

Comments:
Smashing blog. Want to be comrades in arms?
 
OK. Who are we fighting?
 
The Zeitgeist? We seem to share similiar outlooks, you and I -- an affinity for Pynchon, a disdain for the current Administration... though you are older and no doubt wiser, I'd be humbled if you's allow us to link to you. It might produce some interesting conversation, especially if I succeed in persuading anyone else to read Gravity's Rainbow.
 
Absolutely! Go nuts! Although I'm a little distressed that it's so apparent that I'm older. I should cut back on my references to Glenn Miller and Geritol.

I personally find GR the most imposing of Pynchon's book, and would recommend persuading people to start with Lot 49 or Vineland, which is unappreciated. Or underappreciated.
 
Oh, no worries, I had no idea you were older until my friend pointed it out on your profile! And I agree, Slothrop's misadventures may not be the best introductory material (but they certainly make an impression). I have yet to read Pynchon's shorter novels myself, though they're high on my unreasonably large list of priorities.

Tell me, have you perchance heard of a book called House of Leaves by one Mark Z. Danielewski? If not, it might be worth checking out.
 
I've heard of and seen House of Leaves, and I've been tempted to pick it up, but I've never quite made the jump. What is to recommend it?
 
Hmm. I suppose, more than anything else, its application of film theory to literature. You'll see what I mean if you flip through it... my friend adds "crazy puzzles" and "vulgarities." In short, it completely absorbed me both times I've read it, and I have no doubt I'll return. It may seem contrived at first, but I think you'll enjoy it if you give an honest chance to the aesthetic possibilities it explores.
 
Hmm. Might be tough sledding for those of us who are ignorant of everything that's happened in film theory since Vachel Lindsay.
 
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