RARA-AVIS: "Elitist Crap" and the average reader: was "Pynchon according to Washington Post"

From: Jack Bludis (buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Aug 2009

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    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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