Some slight adjustments, including adding Scott’s take on Europe Central and adding the Copernicus book. My own long-delayed take on Europe Central, including why I believe it to be a major turning point in Vollmann’s career and why I named it one of the top ten books of 2005 (as well as my as yet unfinished post on The Rainbow Stories, which has been in my drafts folder for months) will come eventually. I’ll also share my thoughts on the Copernicus book, along with several non-Vollmann ones (including Seven Types of Ambiguity), in the next installment of 75 Books, whenever that will be.
In the meantime, if you’re in San Francisco, he’ll be at the Booksmith on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. I plan to be there. Feel free to say hello.