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+ The Coyotes Book Group meets at Skylight Books on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8pm +
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The Recognitions
BY WILLIAM GADDIS
 
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 24th, 8 pm at the store.

DISPATCH: MARCH 24, 2015, 10:17AM

Hi folks

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Just a friendly reminder that we will have our last discussion of The Recognitions tonight at 8pm at the store.  Congratulations to all of you who made it through the labyrinth.

For everyone else, Regina Ullmann for next time

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LOOKING FORWARD

BEST
Karl

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DISPATCH: MARCH 15, 2015, 7:17PM

Hi folks

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As usual, it was a 4 way tie until today, when a vote was cast for Regina Ullmann, so I am going to call it here

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Our next book will be The Country Road --- We'll be meeting to discuss it on April 28th.  The book will be available at the store by the time we have our final Gaddis meeting on March 24th

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Thanks for participating and I look forward to seeing you all soon
 
BEST
Karl @ Skylight Books
 
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DISPATCH: MARCH 9, 2015, 6:10PM

Hi folks

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We will be meeting for one final discussion of William Gaddis's The Recognitions,  so that means we are getting ready to select our next book <<>> I floated a few things by folks in our last newsletter, and some people passed along a few suggestions, but now I will ask people to formally vote so I can (hopefully) obtain proper quantities by our next meeting.

Many people have been suggesting this and I would not at all be surprised if this one ends up being our next book:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
http://www.skylightbooks.com/book/9780811214131

I am still dying to read this, and I shall, after Gaddis, with you or without you!
The Country Road by Regina Ullmann
 
I keep trying with this one (and it was almost chosen) and I'd love to read it with the group:
Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz:

Scott suggested rather than getting into another series with Ferrante, we could take on this stand alone title:
The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
http://www.skylightbooks.com/book/9781933372006

Brilliant Skylighter Beau enthusiastically suggested this one, and Jenn enjoyed it as well:
Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt 
http://www.skylightbooks.com/book/9780811220347

If anyone has something they think we should absolutely drop everything and read, by all means, let me know! Otherwise, help vote for one of these!  I'll see my Gaddis people in a couple weeks, and the rest of you soon enough

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BEST
Karl  

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DISPATCH: MARCH 2, 2015, 8:36PM

Hi folks

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We are finally there.  On Tuesday, March 24th, we will have our last discussion for William Gaddis's The Recognitions.  Thanks to everyone that made it this far, it has been a real joy to share this book so dear to my heart and gratifying to see it has left a mighty impact on many of you as well
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Thanks to the patience of all of you former regulars who bowed out for this one, we are very close to getting back to a less demanding project! 
Speaking of next time, I would love for you folks to float some possibilities to consider alongside those I sent in the last newsletter.  Josh suggested W.G. Sebald's Rings of Saturn to throw into the mix... I'd love to hear from some other folks before I make our next "official" pool from which to choose.  I'll send out books to vote on in the next week or so.  Look forward to hearing from you and to our final discussion on Gaddis!
 
BEST

Karl @ Skylight Books 

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DISPATCH: FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 9:04PM

Hi folks

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Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th, at 8pm to discuss William Gaddis's The Recognitions up through p. 822 --- This will be our second to last meeting before we finish this gargantuan masterpiece so we can start thinking about our next book.  I am gonna throw some possibilities out there for you to consider but I welcome all your suggestions.
 
For someone I was not familiar with, this collection had some of the most potent blurbs I have ever seen - Musil, Hesse, Mann, and Rilke all huge fans... 
The Country Road by Regina Ullmann
 
I'm still very interested in tackling Elena Ferrante - 
My Brilliant Friend
 
I'd also love to read Donald Antrim with you folks --- Either of these would be nice:
 
This one might be a lot to take on after Gaddis but it has been calling to me from my bookshelf:
Adam Buenosayres by Leopold Marechal
 
And I know I've floated this one before (and it was almost chosen) and I'd love to read it with the group:
Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz:
 
These are just things to consider +++ Hope to see you all tomorrow!
BEST,
Karl
 
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DISPATCH: JANUARY 26, 2015, 6:32PM

Hello Folks

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I'm terribly sorry you haven't heard from me sooner, it has been a hectic time here at the Skylight book store.  Because we moved our dates to the early part of the month to accommodate the holidays in November and January, and because events season is now in full swing at the store, the next available Tuesday for us to meet isn't until 2/24.  I'm really sorry there is nothing sooner available.  We had discussed reading to p. 700, but because so much time will have elapsed between meetings and so that we do not spend the rest of our lives on this book, I am gonna ask folks to aim for reading through p. 824 for next time.  We can then have one more meeting to finish the book.  Hope this works out for folks +++ Sorry for the tardy instructions, and hopefully see you all soon enough!

BEST
Karl @ Skylight books

DISPATCH: JANUARY 6, 2015, 3:28PM

Hello folks

Hope you all had a wonderful Holidays.  Apologies for sending this friendly reminder so late, it was a very busy December for us here at Skylight and I am just getting my bearing on 2015 +++ In any case, we're meeting tonight at 8pm here at the store to discuss Gaddis up through p. 542.  As always, don't worry if you haven't made it there, or if you've blown past us.  There is plenty to discuss!  Hope to see you all later!

BEST
Karl @ Skylight

DISPATCH: DECEMBER 4, 2014, 1:32PM

Hello folks

Thanks to all of you for coming out on Tuesday!  It is truly heartwarming to be enjoying Gaddis with so many of you!  We will be having our next meeting on Tuesday, January 6th.  Aim to reach p. 542 and have a wonderful holiday!

Karl @ Skylight books

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DISPATCH: DECEMBER 1, 2014, 8:52PM

Hello folks

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow, 12/2, 8 pm here at the store to continue our discussion of The Recognitions.  Aim to have read through p. 342 but if you haven't gotten that far yet and are still on board, join us by all means! Looking forward!

Karl @ Skylight books

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DISPATCH: OCTOBER 23, 2014, 2:30PM

Hello folks

First of all I wanted to thank all of you who came out on Tuesday night!  It was one of the larger crowds we've had with Coyotes since I have been with Skylight, and that it was for Gaddis truly warmed my heart!  So many of you made valuable contributions and it seemed like people are on course to truly enjoy this text so often deemed unreadable.  

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We had a preliminary discussion about moving our November meeting due to our scheduled date's proximity to Thanksgiving and after talking to a few of you and to the powers that be here at Skylight I am going to go ahead and move our next meeting to Tuesday, December 2nd, 8pm here at Skylight.  Aim to read through p.342.

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We also talked about starting an e-mail chain as we read to bring up topics for discussion, references we find particularly relevant, parts that make us laugh, anything that one might want to share or get input on in a more timely fashion than our monthly meeting... If you want to be a part of this chain, send an e-mail to Karl@skylightbooks.com with GADDIS CHAIN in the subject field and I will try to make it happen.

Thanks again to everybody for coming out.  I look forward to our next meeting!

BEST
Karl @ Skylight Books  

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DISPATCH: OCTOBER 27, 2014, 3:08PM

Hello folks

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow at 8pmhere at the store to begin to discuss The Recognitions by William Gaddis.  We will aim to cover the first 3 sections (up through p. 153) but I imagine tomorrow will be a lot of introduction and acclimation to the world of Gaddis, so even if you haven't gotten that far (or even started) but are intrigued by the idea of tackling this mighty tome, by all means join us! I hope to see you all there!

BEST
Karl @ Skylight Books 

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DISPATCH: OCTOBER 19, 2014, 3:08PM

Greetings folks

I hope you all are enjoying the Gaddis thus far.  I have been devouring it at a steady clip and as I passed our assigned p.150 I quickly realized that a far more logical place to stop would be at p. 153, with the end of Chapter III.  Just 3 more pages than I had previously suggested.  That's it +++ I really can't wait to get together and discuss this with all of you!  Again, any questions/comments/suggestions are welcome!

 
BEST
 

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DISPATCH: OCTOBER 6, 2014, 4:41PM

Greetings folks

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As I am working through the first chunk of The Recognitions I thought I'd share some advice/factoids/things to be familiar with... 

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It would be useful to gain at least a passing acquaintance with Mithra and the Mithraic mysteries...  You don't need to get too crazy with it, just knowing the basic history and framework will just be useful in illuminating some of the references as well as some of the jokes!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries

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Don't get too bogged down in Chapter 2 (p.63-77) ... I had to rely on a lot of the annotations to slog through a few of these paragraphs.  Don't sweat it if you miss a lot.  It's very dense but mercifully short.  It gets easier again.

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It's also fun to glance at the life of the historical figure of Hans van Meegeren, who serves as inspiration for Wyatt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_van_Meegeren

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The annotations at http://www.williamgaddis.org/recognitions/ will provide all translations for all the French/German/Italian/Latin etc.  Many of these passages are HILARIOUS so it's worth looking them up...

That's all for now +++ Feel free to lob questions my way as this is my second reading of this and I am doing a lot of reading of secondary literature.  I hope you are all enjoying this! For me it has been immensely satisfying thus far! 

BEST

Karl @ Skylight books

 
 
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