Notes On Attention Paid

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An Attempt At Exhausting A Place In Paris, Georges Perec

… an endless catalog of comings and goings, anchored by the public buses moving through the scene with regularity and in various states of fullness… it is all surface, no depth, a clear cosmic churning of little consequence…

… i have finished reading An Attempt… i am glad it is short… i liked it… it is on to something important… i learn about the novel Life, A Users’s Manual, for which this may have been the prelude… Life is a much longer work, 600 plus pages apparently, all taking place in one location and at one time… i immediately wonder how it might compare to Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place all on one day… am i remembering that correctly?

… i read the afterward by Marc Lowenthal… he surfaces a number of books that i might want to read…

  • The Man of the Crowd, Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Invention of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Caseres
  • Something Black, Jaques Roubaud
  • Lundi rue Christine, Apollinaire
  • An Anecdoted Topography of Chance, Daniel Spoerrie
  • L’Invention du monde, Olivier Rolin
  • The Journalist, Harry Mathew

… a long reading list, a new rabbit hole…

… time to go wandering…