Monday, November 08, 2004


Rake suggested 50-100 pages a week... It will have to be arbitrary as the chapters are very long.

Starting next week? Is that too soon?

Weekly leaders to summarize, ask questions, or just lead things? Or do we just go for a free-for-all posting and commenting? Probably some structure is better for purposes of keeping things going.


Blogger CAAF said...

Derik, yes, yes, as to some sort of schedule that has us alternating as to who takes the lead. The others, of course, would always be free to chime in with content. But if there's someone "in charge" for that week, it guarantees that at least one person will be responsible for having up fresh content related to the chapters we're reading.

November 8, 2004 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Scott Esposito said...

I also like the idea of having someone responsible to get the ball rolling each week. Not that this should be too structured, and I think that after the initial weekly post things will tend toward a free-for-all, but just to have our go-to person on a weekly basis to kind of set the table.

50-100 pages per week sounds fine to me. As far as I'm concerned, next week is fine to start.

November 8, 2004 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger CAAF said...

Ooh ooh ooh. And I just thought: Perhaps we should have a designated time of week (for example, Thursday nights) for a drinking and talking Gaddis discussion pile-on. Topic to be picked by that week's leader.

So there's sober stuff throughout the week, but there's an official time to count on discussion. And, you know, drinks.

November 8, 2004 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Syntax of Things said...

Book is on order; I'm picking out the appropriate Designated Reader drink; I'm looking forward to the discussion.

November 8, 2004 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You know, I think I want to join. If only b/c there aren't enough chicks participating.

November 8, 2004 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger DerikB said...

The more women the merrier, I always say... or at least I will now.

How about for a first foray we do pages 3-62 Part I Chapter I? I can be the first leader person. (Has anyone else read the book before?)

I like the idea of a scheduled time on, put it may be hard to coordinate, with the various time zones involved.

November 8, 2004 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger CAAF said...

Yes, Derik, you first. Then we can rotate after that.

Let's just call a scheduled time for discussion and if people can join that's wonderful, and if they can't, the blog will always be accessible during the week. And I'm hoping people will take part not just as posters but as commenters... or as lurking observers.

I suggest Thursday nights 8-10. Any other thoughts?

November 8, 2004 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Crap. If it's Thursdays, I can't make it this week (All Giller Prize, all the time) and next week I'm out of town. But I read really fast so I can, like, catch up and stuff.

Oddly, both nights will involve drink. So it's vicarious Gaddis reading!

November 8, 2004 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger CAAF said...

Sarah, we won't be starting till next week (we're giving people some time to hunt up copies of the book). So you'll only miss one week. And it sounds like you'll be in fine drinking form for when you join us.

Jeff, as our designated driver, I hope you are planning a good drink for yourself. I've recently been enjoying club soda with pear juice.

November 8, 2004 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Syntax of Things said...

CAAF, check tomorrow's SoT for my drink(s) of choice for the gatherings. Funny you should mention pear juice, I was eating a pear last night and wondered why pear-flavored candy had never caught on. I mean, why isn't there a pear Jolly Rancher or a pear Starburst? I'm a big fan of the pear.

November 9, 2004 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger LITBLOG CO-OP said...

Hey ho - still needing a proper invite. Puhleaze. I swear, I totally cocked up the first go.

November 9, 2004 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger LITBLOG CO-OP said...

Also, I agree the time zone is a problem for me. I'm usually home Thursday nights around 8:30 PST, so I'll just chime in when I get here. Also, I do make a plea to make the readings closer to 50 than 100, as I'm already drowning in reading ...

November 9, 2004 at 2:44 AM  
Blogger Rake said...

The time-zone thing is worrisome--should we just shoot for a kind of come-as-you-are, come-if-you-can cocktail hour (or two) on Thursday evening? Meaning: If you've weighed in early in the week, fantastic--otherwise, everyone is very much encouraged to lodge their plights and gripes starting on Thursday eve. Things can simply continue unraveling until we all pass out on Friday night. Then, the next section of The Recognitions begins, to be hashed out over the next week. At some point, we all gather together and go egg and TP Old Man Franzen's place.

November 9, 2004 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger DerikB said...

Mark, I sent out a second invite for you. Tell me if you want it to go to a different email than the one on your site.

Thursday night is as good as any for me.

So, what day should we have the first section read? and it we have cocktail hour on Thursdays should the week's discussion leader post on Thursday or earlier in the week?

November 9, 2004 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger DerikB said...

P.S. I am obsessed with Pears. Have a short story in the works that is an encyclopedic pear story. Someday that will make it onto the blog.

November 9, 2004 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger CAAF said...

My suggestion would be that the leader post on Monday. But s/he would keep in reserve a question for the group, a conversation starter, for Thursday.

So thoughtfulness Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (led by that week's section leader, but augmented by whoever feels like posting). Drunken free-for-all Thursday, sparked by team leader's posting of question.

Derik, do you have a copy of the book? Name the pages we should be reading for next week (preferably ending with a chapter break, and at a not too overwhelming pace).

November 9, 2004 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger CAAF said...

Oh my gosh, Jeff, I just saw your drink. Wow. I can't wait to hear what that tastes like.

And remember: Pear juice and club soda. Always there to fall back on.

November 9, 2004 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger DerikB said...

I suggested above, Part 1 Chapter 1, p.3-62 (all editions but one are the same and that was in probably not available).

I'll get something together for Mon, I guess.

November 9, 2004 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger CAAF said...

Sorry, my bad, Derik.

November 9, 2004 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Bud Parr said...

Can Chekhov’s Mistress play?

This is so exciting - I've been blinded by my web programming goggles and have hardly read anything for several weeks. This is what I need, reading with the people I read every day.

- Bud Parr

November 9, 2004 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger DerikB said...

Sure, Bud. I can't find an email address on your site, so send me one (derikb AT and I'll send you an invite.

November 9, 2004 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Syntax of Things said...

I'm ok w/ whatever time.

CAAF, I'm going to pick up some pear juice at the store this weekend. I admit that I've never had it, so it gives me something to look forward to.

November 9, 2004 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger LITBLOG CO-OP said...

I'm all logged in and sorted out. Perfect. Thanks, Derik. Looking forward to this!

November 9, 2004 at 1:32 PM  

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