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NOW READING:
 
 
 
The Recognitions
BY WILLIAM GADDIS
 
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 2nd, 8 pm at the store.

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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