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We all know that US and Iraqi casualty totals are mounting. I mean, what are they going to do, decline? What we need is more analysis of Thomas Pynchon's AGAINST THE DAY.I'm ashamed to admit this, but I'm desperate. When you announced that you would be reading and reporting on Pynchon's massive work, I falsely told friends I was making my way through it. I had planned to represent your synopsis and analysis as my own.Now, they keep asking me what the book is about. "What do you mean, 'What's it ABOUT?', I reply. "It's not about things, it evokes things. It's a novel, not a white paper." These evasions are wearing thin, though, and a lunch companion today accused me of laying the book aside. I truthfully answered that I had not set it aside, since I never picked it up, but obviously I'm backpedaling toward a corner.I'm sure I'm far from being the only one of your readers in this position. Don't make a fool of me, I beg you. The fiendishly ironic result of all this is that I may have to read AGAINST THE DAY myself while you don't. If that happens--mark my words--I won't be sharing the fruits of my labors around here.
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