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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time to do a group read of Illuminatus?

We're about halfway through Coincidance, and I've been thinking about what the next target for a group read should be. How about Illuminatus! ?

That would take up a large part of 2014, but it seems to me we ought to consider taking it on. The books were published about 40 years ago, and people who could contribute memories (such as "Neil in Chicago," a couple of days ago on this blog) are not getting any younger. (That's pretty obvious, considering that both of the authors are dead.) If we are going to jar some valuable memories loose, it seems to me we should do it sooner rather than later.

Then, too, as John Merritt has suggested, there is much to be done in tracing all of the references in the book.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I would participate and enjoy.

Oz Fritz said...

tres jolly good!

gacord said...

Here! Here! Let's do it!

BrentQ said...

I was just thinking the other day about how illuminatus! is one of those rare books that you could take to a deserted island and read over and over, always gleaming something new from it.

Put me down as well!

Eric Wagner said...

Sounds good. I just reread the 8th and 9th Trips. The Fifth Book, Grummet or Aftermath, has me thinking about the Stones' album Aftermath. I'd forgetten Mick and the Stones appear in 9th Trip.

el8ed1 said...

That sounds very interesting. Good excuse to revisit the text which I've been meaning to do for awhile now.