10 thoughts on “So what now?

  1. Susan Marleau November 12, 2009 / 12:49 pm

    I had the same impression, Dracula didn’t seem to generate the forum traffic that IJ did, and I don’t think the novel worked as well in the online parallel reading format as IJ did.

  2. Daryl November 12, 2009 / 3:25 pm

    Yeah, Dracula turned out not to be the best read for this format. There was talk of reading 2666 for IS over the winter, but who knows whether or not that’s going to happen now. I won’t have time for it, plus I read it just recently. Maybe that read will re-energize the community, though. Or maybe it takes a book like IJ to really draw the kind of crowd/energy the first installment of IS did.

  3. infinitetasks November 12, 2009 / 3:55 pm

    I had recommended against doing “interim” books, and though I had a momentary thought of reading Dracula, it was only a passing one. I hope that 2666 brings out a bit of a crowd. The value was not in the reading group alone, but in the assistance offered to read successfully the most “difficult” books – DFW, Pynchon, 2666, maybe Gaddis could be added to that, maybe Cryptonomicon…

    Next summer, my wife and I are planning to organize “Insurgent Summer,” an IS-style reading of “Letters of Insurgents,” by Freddy Perlman. It’s perfect for on-line reading, should be a hit.

    Hope you guys are doing well!

  4. Scott November 13, 2009 / 4:01 am

    I really hope 2666 is picked next. That or Ulysses I guess.

    I didn’t really get into Dracula as much and I think it was because it wasn’t such a daunting book so I wasn’t as thrilled to be doing it. It was pretty good and I’m glad I read it, but I agree with infinitetasks, I’d like no more ‘interim’ books.

  5. Joan November 16, 2009 / 8:43 am

    Hi all, I was off line for a bit of a break and before I left the IS site was down. It’s back up now, but with no news. I’m in agreement about Dracula and I’m really hoping that 2666 happens. I haven’t read it yet, and am looking forward to the group support. I’d like to stay on here if the blog group continues and if you want me! I also agree that I’d prefer no “interim” book between now and 2666. It was actually quite fun to be in the library yesterday just browsing and picking up books as they struck me. While I’m focusing on a couple of short story collections I did pick up The Brothers Karamazov. One of the folks here in Florida that I met during IS was hoping that would be the next group read, and I’m thinking I’m going to read it next before we start 2666. If anyone wants to join me let me know.

  6. Webslog November 21, 2009 / 1:13 am

    2666 is sitting waiting patiently as I do cleanup reading in preparation for the new year and try and get my bedside table cleared off. Finishing China Mieville’s The City and the City, and feeling the first 200 pages of Gravitys Rainbow slipping away (again!). Agree with no inbetweeners. I like the idea of a group given to reading “difficult” books, especially ones for which a group could be a useful guide in climbing through structural and thematic elements that don’t lend themselvs to immdiatr clarity. I’ll keep checking both Infinites to see what breaks loose n the meantime. Cheers!

  7. Joan November 23, 2009 / 1:23 pm

    If we’re all doing our own reading between now and when 2666 starts, what do you guys think of posting occassional blogs here about what we’re reading? For instance, The City and The City is on my list and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it Web. I’m embarking on Brothers Karamazov and would be happy to post some comments. Personally I’d enjoy hearing about what everyone’s reading and adding some new titles to my must read list!

  8. Daryl L. L. Houston November 23, 2009 / 2:19 pm

    Joan, I think it’s a great idea. I had entertained the possibility of blogging my reading here from time to time, and I occasionally stepped a little out of bounds during the first installment of IS. I’m most of the way through Vineland right now, but reading is sort of on hold for various reasons, so I probably won’t have much to say. By all means write here. There are always the categories at the side (and associated RSS feeds) for those who may want to stick to IS topics.

  9. Web November 26, 2009 / 1:08 pm

    Joan, Daryl, I’m in. Finished City and the City night before last and will post shortly.

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