BookTalk III

Don’t Try, To Read This

“Somebody asked me: “What do you do? How do you write, create?” You don’t, I told them. You don’t try. That’s very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It’s like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks, you make a pet out of it.”
– Charles Bukowski

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In honor of aspiring authors (and in accord with my arithmomania), BookTalk III will feature the epic mega/meta novel 2666.  Written by Roberto Bolaño and posthumously published, 2666 tries to immortalize the myth of authority; and, if we try not to try, then talking about this book will unfold naturally.  Follow this fly-on-the-wall literary review at

Part 1 – The Part about the Critics

Part 2 – The Part about Amalfitano

Part 3 – The Part about Fate

Part 4 – The Part about the Crimes

Part 5 – The Part about Archimboldi

Part 6 – The Part about Omission

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