Link Roundup

There are still some brave souls out there trekking through the Sonoran desert with us.

First and foremost, Infinite Zombies is absolutely packed with insight and analysis. If you care at all about 2666, it is required reading. http://infinitezombies.wordpress.com/

Frequent Zombies contributor Steve Brassawe also has his own blog of 2666 commentary: A Solipsist’s 2666
http://solipsismexperiment.blogspot.com/

There are always tons of great posts over on The Daily Snowman.
http://thedailysnowman.blogspot.com/

I Just Read About That includes some of the best summaries and opinions of the group read. Check it out!
http://ijustreadaboutthat.wordpress.com

Christine over at Naptime Writing has strong opinions about Bolaño’s project—and she finds some of the most intriguing quotes in the novel.
http://naptimewriting.wordpress.com/

Dan at Bleakonomy has a great blog that also includes posts for every week of the group read:
http://bleakonomy.blogspot.com/

There is some excellent discussion of the novel underway over at Alone With Each Other:
http://alonewitheachother.blogspot.com

We still have some discussion going on over in the forums as well:
http://www.bolanobolano.com/forums/

If you are following along, leave a comment and let us know! Ready to quit yet? Loving it? Hating it, but reading anyway? And leave a link if you are posting your thoughts elsewhere.

Hat tip to our own Nicole at bibliographing (one of the best lit blogs out there, btw) for the roundup idea this week.

Link Roundup

Here are some places that are either following along for the group read or have written about our project:

Grinnell College Libraries Book Review

Biblio Filmes

Bibliographing

Things I’ve Lost

Infinite Zombies

Bleakonomy

The Daily Snowman

SarahBBC

Another Cookie Crumbles

Alone with each other

Naptime Writing

I just read about that

Please leave a comment with a link if you are following along on your own site!

More Mentions

As we approach the beginning of the group read, more people have decided to follow along. In the past week, these fine folks have given us a mention or two:

National Post

Thrillist (Austin)

Conversational Reading

Cesar Torres

The Daily Snowman

Erin’s Library

John at Holy Crap Books

If you are following along on your blog, be sure to leave a comment (and a link).

2666 Hours & more links

The publication of the German edition of Infinite Jest (Unendlicher Spass, translated by Ulrich Blumenbach) coincided with the end of Infinite Summer. Looking to replicate the success of that project, the German publishers, Kiepenheuer & Witsch (aka KiWi), launched their own read-along site: http://www.unendlicherspass.de/

Well, word comes yesterday that there is also a German equivalent of the Infinite Summer/Las Obras-esque read-along site & project for 2666: http://zwei666.de/ They even have their own twitter account (2666de) and hashtag. Perhaps the coolest part of their project was the challenge to read the whole thing in 2666 hours (111 days), which I’m just now realizing is about the same amount of time we’ve alloted on our schedule. They have reached the end of 2666, however and moved on to The Savage Detectives and Bolaño’s other works: http://www.wilde-leser.de/ All this to say: over the next few weeks we are going to feature some posts on this site from Marvin Kleinemeier and our German counterparts.

In other news…
The Infomaven’s Desktop is geared up for the 2666 challenge. Darby over at The Grue is contemplating jumping into the fray. Come on! Just do it! You know you want to! (No pressure, though…) And he links to Stephen King’s Top 10 Novels of 2009 which of course includes 2666 (even though it was published in 2008; whatever):

This surreal novel can’t be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory. Suffice it to say it concerns what may be the most horrifying real-life mass-murder spree of all time: as many as 400 women killed in the vicinity of Juarez, Mexico. Given this as a backdrop, the late Bolano paints a mural of a poverty-stricken society that appears to be eating itself alive. And who cares? Nobody, it seems.

Again, if you’re planning on posting about 2666 on your own blog during the group read, please leave a link the comments!




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