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The Recognitions
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, October 28th, 8 pm at the store.

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!

Karl @ Skylight Books 


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!




Greetings folks

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

+++ 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!

+++ 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.

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

+++ The annotations at 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! 


Karl @ Skylight books

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