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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
Mating
Norman Rush
The Unknown University
Roberto Bolaño, Laura Healy
Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960 (20/21)
Amy Hungerford
The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays
James Wood
Vanishing Point - David Markson

Irony and the failure to recognize what’s important in art.

Authors and their deaths.

Artists who were illegitimate or sired illegitimate children.

Artists who became famous after abandoning other professions.

The friendships of celebrity thinkers (philosophers) and scientists with artists.

Artists and their relationships with lovers or spouses.

Artists and expectations for them given their education or literacy.

Feuds between artists and snarky things said about each other.

“Realizing that all of Byron’s closest friends—Shelley, for instance, would have addressed him as my lord.” (included in list specifically for Karen) and other names artists were called by their friends.

Places of artists’ deaths and/or burials.

Artists and their peers, mentors or students.

Artists who died in poverty.

Baseball players and their nicknames.

Lists. Factoids. Quotes. Trivia. Presumably, the contents of Author’s two shoebox tops of index cards to be used in the creation of a manuscript—“a novel of intellectual reference and allusion, so to speak minus much of the novel.” Having read two of the tetralogy, I suspect the other’s will be very much alike—a joy to read, a joy to assemble, leaving me wanting to annotate them while sitting next to a google-machine. Selah.