Sponsored Content
Your Filthily Stupid, Pig-Ignorant Leftist Media: Who Are Those Non-Kardashian Men Flanking Rick Perry? | Main | In Fight for Illinois 18th, Boehner's Boy Darin LaHood Is Ducking Appearances to Avoid Conservative Challenger Mike Flynn
June 04, 2015

The Ace of Spades Book Club

Bruce wrote, "I thought you were going to start an AoShq book club and we were going to read and discuss The Crying of Lot 49."

Well, I thought I said Moby Dick, but sure, i can (re-) read Crying of Lot 49. It's a good one. It's also very short.

I mean, it's one of those books where when they give you a choice of what books you can do a paper on, you immediately go "Oh this one looks mighty promising, mighty promising indeed" when you see it has like 225 pages. (Correction: 192 pages. It's barely a book. It's just a TV Guide article with some subplots.)

It's Thomas Pynchon's most accessible work, but uses a lot of the tropes he's famous for in his hard-to-get-through opuses like Gravity's Rainbow. So you basically get to say "Oh sure, I know Pynchon's work" without having to read an 800 page mammoth.

It's about a worldwide conspiracy dating back to the Elizabethan era involving the ___ ______. I shouldn't say. Don't say in the comments. Keep it spoiler free.*

Anyway, if you're interested, let's say we'll shoot for next Friday late afternoon to discuss it. (Believe me, you can knock it off in 2-3 nights. It's a breeze.)

And then we'll figure out when we can settle in for the real slog, Moby Dick.

* One thing I will say, to encourage people who are reluctant, is that the book hits a couple of themes that Lovecraft did. Oh, it's not a horror novel, don't get me wrong, but if you know Lovecraft and The King in Yellow you'll see some echoes of that idea in Lot 49.

digg this
posted by Ace at 04:47 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
JT: "hiya ..."

m: "Yay, it's Pixytime. ..."

Ciampino - One neutrino, teo neutrino, three: "NOOD Pixy ..."

Skip: "G'Day everyone ..."

Ciampino - innovative techniques: "Foist! ..."

m: "Pixy's up! ..."

Ciampino - innovative techiques: "Heisenberg is uncertain whether to ask Schroedinge ..."

m: "... where it was Posted by: Pixy Misa at 06:16 ..."

m: "Pixy's column is up at ambient irony: https://a ..."

JT: "No Pixy ? ..."

JQ: "Heavy soul music youtu.be/pJV2pWFyfn4 ..."

JQ: "Peacock chairs! ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64