February 18th, 2010 / 3:08 pm
Snippets

I read the first 60 pages of Joshua Cohen’s 800 page forthcoming Witz last night on my sofa. Holy fuck. Put your pants on. Mark your calendars. More on this later, but I just had to…

77 Comments

  1. Lincoln

      If you listened to SLEEP you’d understand!

  2. stephen

      I’m excited to check it out. Joshua’s prose is really exceptional, and the scenario for the book has me very interested.

  3. stephen

      I’m excited to check it out. Joshua’s prose is really exceptional, and the scenario for the book has me very interested.

  4. Tim Horvath

      “‘Cause mo better makes it mo better.”–Spike Lee

  5. Tim Horvath

      “‘Cause mo better makes it mo better.”–Spike Lee

  6. Roxane Gay

      I don’t understand why people find long books daunting. I love long long books. My reading speed doesn’t slow because a book is longer. I don’t love the heft of big books but I bought Infinite Jest on my Kindle and so that was convenient. I’m really looking forward to Witz.

  7. Roxane Gay

      I don’t understand why people find long books daunting. I love long long books. My reading speed doesn’t slow because a book is longer. I don’t love the heft of big books but I bought Infinite Jest on my Kindle and so that was convenient. I’m really looking forward to Witz.

  8. darby

      i dont think i could finish an 800 page markson novel. at some point an ‘enough already’ factor would kick in.

      the synops for witz turns me off, seems kind of orwellian big political allegory kind of thing, but the excerpt turns me on.

  9. darby

      i dont think i could finish an 800 page markson novel. at some point an ‘enough already’ factor would kick in.

      the synops for witz turns me off, seems kind of orwellian big political allegory kind of thing, but the excerpt turns me on.

  10. Mike Meginnis

      I loved A Heaven of Others. Am looking forward to this.

  11. Mike Meginnis

      I loved A Heaven of Others. Am looking forward to this.

  12. jonny ross

      second

  13. jonny ross

      second

  14. jonny ross

      “follow the smoke to the riff-filled land”

      “proceeds the weediam nazareth!”

  15. jonny ross

      “follow the smoke to the riff-filled land”

      “proceeds the weediam nazareth!”

  16. jonny ross

      war and peace

      the brothers karamazov

      moby-dick

      anna karenina

      all 600+ pgs, all masterpieces

  17. jonny ross

      war and peace

      the brothers karamazov

      moby-dick

      anna karenina

      all 600+ pgs, all masterpieces

  18. mike

      “I have no interest in reading an 800-fucking-page novel from any writer, save maybe David Markson, who at least has the good taste to keep his shit clocked in at 200 pages and under. There is not enough time in my life to read 800 pages of any one thing.”

      If you read Reader’s Block –> This is Not a Novel –> Vanishing Point –> The Last Novel you just DID read 800 pages of the same thing.

  19. mike

      “I have no interest in reading an 800-fucking-page novel from any writer, save maybe David Markson, who at least has the good taste to keep his shit clocked in at 200 pages and under. There is not enough time in my life to read 800 pages of any one thing.”

      If you read Reader’s Block –> This is Not a Novel –> Vanishing Point –> The Last Novel you just DID read 800 pages of the same thing.

  20. gene
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  22. Stu

      So you’re comparing this book to the classics? Wow, man. I gotta pick this up.

  23. Stu

      So you’re comparing this book to the classics? Wow, man. I gotta pick this up.

  24. Stu

      Hahaha!

  25. Stu

      Hahaha!

  26. Michael Filippone

      I’m looking forward to this as well. The Cupboard never misses.

  27. Michael Filippone

      I’m looking forward to this as well. The Cupboard never misses.