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The formal constraints of William Gaddis’ ‘JR’

The opening sentence of the Dalkey Archive blurb for William Gaddis novel JR reads as follows:

First published nearly forty years ago, JR is about the many ways in which American capitalism runs wild and becomes dangerous.

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GABBLER RECOMMENDS: Festivals and Freedom by Amitav Ghosh

“But the controversy also raises questions about another issue that touches directly upon writing: this is the way in which literature is coming to be embedded within a wider culture of public spectacles and performances. 375 more words

On Writing

The written word

If one pauses to enjoy vulgar satisfactions,
you know, one loses sight of one’s objectives.
– William Gaddis

The power of the written word should not be underrated. 276 more words

Literature

Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” William Gaddis

Nihil cavum neque sine signo apud Deum

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Per uno consacrato al servizio del Signore, quale Zia May gli aveva assicurato che era, Wyatt sembrava aver già accumulato una considerevole riserva di peccati. 1,154 more words

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“Le perizie” di William Gaddis

di Amedeo Buonanno

 
“L’errato giudizio di una generazione è sempre fonte di sorpresa per la successiva.” Uguale stupore, suggerisce Steven Moore nel suo saggio “William Gaddis”, ci prende ora quando veniamo a conoscenza che “Le perizie”, opera prima di William Gaddis pubblicata nel 1955, fosse stata largamente ignorata per 20 anni fino alla pubblicazione, nel 1975, di “JR”. 5,408 more words

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On buying a second copy of William Gaddis's JR (Book acquired, 5 Aug. 2017)

I was at the bookstore last week, killing a spare hour, looking for nothing in particular, when I spotted a first edition Knopf paperback copy of William Gaddis’s novel  792 more words

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