The subject notwithstanding, I have followed with interest the Pynchon posts and read many reviews of his latest.
Discussions and arguments about books, writers, genre, and sub-genre here are some of the most enlightening on this and other lists. Although here it is more of a free-for-all than on most of my lists.
There ain't no average reader. One persons elitist is another persons, uh, average reader. I say that as fact, not opinion. All else that follows is opinion.
As I admitted long ago--two maybe three weeks--I could never get through Pynchon. The NYTimes lukewarm review was my first knowledge of "Inherent Vice." It told me enough to know that I might like to read it. It is possible that I won't like the book, but I hope I do.
On the subject of posts: irony is hard to get in the printed word. It often comes out as sarcasm or at face value.
A second comment on the subject of posts: Skimming posts often cause us to the miss the point. I broke the habit of the former but I still get into trouble doing the latter. Occasionally, I get the who said what wrong. I don't suppose I will ever conquer that flaw.
All of this is opinion and subject to scrutiny for the purpose of education--mine.
Punch on, but stay friends.
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