TMR 14.1: “Money?” [J R]
Chad, Mauro Javier Cardenas (Aphasia), and NYRB publisher Edwin Frank kick off season 14 by talking about entropy, Gaddis’s humor, how best to approach reading this book (fast and out of control), the little plot hints that are left to figure out, the lack of interiority in J R and how he develops characters and voice, and much more. It’s a great time, a good introduction for anyone approaching the novel for the first time, and includes some random publishing gossip and a lament for proofreaders.
This week’s music is “Entropy” by El Ten Eleven.
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