Brothers Karamazov. It’s been sitting on my desk for about a week now, waiting for me to finish Moby Dick. Now that I’m done and contemplating going back to finish Vineland, Canelli steps forward with the idea that we should start including coverage of great literature in our podcasts. He initially proposed Gravity’s Rainbow, but I shot that down (three months have barely passed since I finished it!). So then I countered, offering two serious alternatives.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
- Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49
I petitioned pretty heavily for Dostoyevsky, calling Canelli a coward who would desert a dying man if he didn’t read TBK. But then he came back with this simple response:
Fuck it. Let’s Brothers Karamazov this shit.
I did not expect such a blunt response from him. Look, I only proposed TBK because I had designs to read it at some point in my near future. The sudden prospect that that point could be tonight now fills me with shivers. I’m already working out the email where I try to steer him back towards TCoL49 without making it seem like I’m the coward.
And what’s craziest about this in my head is that, between the two of us, I’m the one who read Infinite Jest first, who’s already read Gravity’s Rainbow. I’m the one who’s read Moby Dick—twice. Why am I the one who’s the coward now? It’s Canelli who needs to. Man. The. Fuck. Up.
So we’re doing The Crying of Lot 49 first, right?
UPDATE: I wrote this post back on Sunday, and reading it now, I’m just…what the hell was I thinking when I wrote this?