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The Tunnel Big Read in October

Y’all convinced me, we should do a group read of William H. Gass’s The Tunnel in October.

More details to come. It’ll start sometime around October 1. Get the book here.

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Since I’ve already read The Tunnel, I’ll look forward to the thoughts on this. Since The Tunnel is filled with dirty limericks (mostly about nuns: “There once was a nun that…”), I suggest you have a dirty limerick contest once everyone is done reading. Of course you’ll need a judge to read the entries blind — and maybe we can write to Gass to be the judge?

Excellent! I’m very excited–just received my copy of the book. I look forward to seeing the schedule and plotting out my reading time, and of course to the always wonderful discussion and exchanges of ideas that take place on this site.

Very super cool. And a fun idea about the contest, J.C. (I have WG’s home address in U. City if you want it, Scott.)


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Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

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5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

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