Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Before the Witness Can Answer I Receive a TRANSMISSION On High


  1. about pets and friendship - i have begun to read Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut's book How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution - i am enjoying it very much

    about Vollman's The Dying Grass - a 2015 review in the washpost says

    It progresses without quotations marks and with trains of thought and interior dialogue set off by indents and further indents when a thought is interrupted by another. One must learn how to read this novel, how to chase the thread, just as Howard and his crew must learn the language of the plains. For us, for the Nez Perce and for Chief Joseph’s band, the ruthless pedagogy stretches on for what feels like an eternity and is followed by glossaries, addenda, indexes and a list of characters that reads like a Homeric catalogue of ships.

    But I tell you now: Get over it. Because if you do, you will have given yourself the reading experience of a lifetime.

    1. I am telling you three times: there is not a day that goes by I didn't think still about this novel....