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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Rising Up and Rising Down weblog

Been there read that. Now, this guy's a little mad I must say. From The Literary Salon:
Michael Standaert of Nipposkiss has grand ambitions: to read William T. Vollmann's seven-volume Rising Up and Rising Down -- and to chronicle his adventures (and reactions) at a dedicated Rising Up and Rising Down weblog. He's serious, and he's probably up to it: last year he read the whole Tim LaHaye/Jerry Jenkins Left Behind-series. Anyone who can survive that ..... He explains: The purpose of this weblog for which these simple stories introduce is to offer a close reading of William T. Vollmann’s Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means. I’m not aware if anyone else has been doing this, but if you are, please let me know as I’d like to compare notes. (For those not quite as ambitious, there's always the Gaddis Drinking Club .....) Rising Up and Rising Down is actually a book we've been planning to review for about a year now, but organisationally (and conceptually) it has defeated us so far. Maybe Standaert's approach will help.

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