Ok, it’s settled. Matt Bucher is going to coordinate a group read of 2666 over at his Bolano blog, as announced here. If Infinite Summer spins up in the mean time, he plans to defer to that venerable program’s schedule and such, but since so many are eager to get started, Matt’s stepping up. If you want to blog your read here, please leave a comment. The first milestone is January 25, so you’ve got time yet to get the book and read the first section.
Hi Daryl, yep, I’m in. I’d been corresponding with a veteran of IS about it and we were looking at that 1/16 start, but this works.
Joan, great. I’ve added you to the new about page, but the copy probably needs tweaking, as it’s Dracula-specific. I’ll apply my own edits soon unless you send your preferred edits to me. Don’t suppose your IS veteran friend is articulate and interested in writing here?
I’ll send you some edits by tomorrow and I’ve forwarded your message to Scott to see if he wants to join the crew!
Thanks for posting this. I’ll probably want to read along; I’ve needed an excuse to pick up this book for a while. Can’t wait to see what your crew does here!
Hi! I was wondering if you guys look for people with certain qualifications to blog their thoughts, or if anyone interested could participate. I’ve been waiting for the group read for months–ever since discovering I missed the opportunity to reread Infinite Jest with you all last summer. If you have enough bloggers and are only looking for repeat writers, that’s cool! But if you are interested in including, say, a youngish editorial assistant who works with children’s books and has a sincere love of books (including Infinite Jest), I may be the one you’ve been searching for. 🙂
Ariel, nah, it’s a pretty informal signup process. If somebody seems reasonably articulate and expresses an interest in writing and I don’t have a long waiting list, they’re in. You’re welcome to join. Sign up for a wordpress.com account and send me your username so that I can add you to the group blog. Then send me (my first name at learnhouston.com) a little blurb to add to the “About” page for 2666 (see the links at the top).
Hi! I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile, and loved the idea of Infinite Summer – so now I’m excited to participate. My blog will definitely be promoting the group, starting with a post tomorrow morning! Thanks for getting this going.
Thanks, dataduchess. I’ll tune in to your blog. If you wind up posting frequently about 2666, I’ll add you to the blog roll in the sidebar.
Our post about 2666 Spring is up! Thanks for checking it out, and hope you like what we do.
Woo hoo. I had just poted this when i found the link! I’m back baby!
I have a question… do the dates in the schedule refer to the date we begin reading or end reading the relevant section? Also, we have a week to read each section. Do we have to wait for that section to end to begin blogging?
Sorry for what are probably silly questions, but I’ve never done this before. 🙂
Ariel, in order to line up with convention defined in the first and second installments of Infinite Summer, let’s plan on ending reading on the given date. And let’s honor the spoiler line for each milestone; that is, if something spoily happens beyond the page count for the current date, try to avoid going into detail about it or, at the very least, make sure you announce way in advance that there’s going to be a spoiler. Not silly questions at all.
Having deferred active participation in Infinite Summer, I’m happy/nervous/determined to join in this time.