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Here comes 2666 Spring January 8, 2010

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Last June saw the start of Infinite Summer during which participants read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in just 3 months. Spearheaded by Matthew Baldwin, the project drew attention from all over the internet. Baldwin set a reasonable reading schedule of approximately 75 pages per week, and along with three other “guides”, posted weekly blog entries about the book and how it was progressing. The project was quite successful, and was thus repeated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula in October.

The Infinite Summer website has a note to look for another project in January 2010, this time reading Roberto Bolano’s 2666. However, there doesn’t seem to have been any developments on the site to get ready, and the project appeared to have been dropped – that is, until this week. Matt Bucher of the blog Las obras de Roberto Bolaño has come forth with a 15-week reading schedule, starting January 25, 2010, and finishing around May 3. You can follow along on his blog, or also at Infinite Zombies. There’s also a listserv, and undoubtedly once this gets going, other forums and discussion sites will pop-up. (Maybe even here!?)

Also, according to this LA Times article quoting Mr. Bucher’s blog, participants should use the Twitter hashtag #2666 to coordinate tweets related to the project.

I have heard that 2666 was a great book, and in fact, it’s been listed on at least one “Best of the Millennium” List. What better motivation to finally pick it up than joining in this massive book group? Be on the lookout for the Monday Book Review sometime in May!

What do you think of this project? If you plan to participate, let us know in the comments.

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1. pupfiction - January 8, 2010

I read 2666 this past Fall and wanted to read it again. This will give me to the motivation to take a closer look at it. (I got it for Christmas!) Besides the surreal plot and amazing scenes some of the lines are just perfect…one of my favorites is, “The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.” Ahhhh….amazing.

2. mike - January 9, 2010

I wish I had seen this last summer! I hope the 2666 program succeeds, I’d like to give it a try.

3. mike - January 18, 2010

This is getting good: Matt Bucher mentioned above is linking to a large number of 2666 resources. He even mentioned the InfoMavens Desktop.
Matt reports on a German reading group which read the book in 2666 hours, which is approximately the amount of time allotted for the new group.

4. Marge Falconer - February 21, 2010

It’s great to see more and more people taking advantage of this wonderful resource and recognizing it. Looks like summer reading for me.


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