Here comes 2666 Spring January 8, 2010Posted by dataduchess in 2666.
Tags: 2666, book groups, books, david foster wallace, infinite jest, infinite summer, Robert Bolano
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!?)
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.