He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.
This quote is from 2666 page 227. I got my copy in the mail on Friday, and when I read this excerpt in the “Note to the First Edition” at the back of the book, I just about shat myself. Yes!, I said to myself. YAAAASSSSS.
SO WE DOIN DIS!
The schedule. Print it and stash it in your underpants when winter comes. And remember: 10 pages a day finishes the book in just under three months.
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