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William Gaddis

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I really felt like this man deserved a thread here. The Recognitions is one of the best, most ridiculously erudite books I've ever read, and J R and A Frolic of His Own are on my shelf. Does anyone else have experience with him?

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Paris Review's Art of Fiction interview:

 

My early impression was that the alchemists were simply trying to turn base metals into gold. Later I came to the more involved reading and better understanding of it all: that it was something between religion and magic and that it did not necessarily mean literally lead and gold. So the gold in many of the symbolic senses in alchemy is the perfection, is the sun, is a kind of redemption. When at some despairing moment Wyatt says—when he realizes that the table of the Seven Deadly Sins is the original and not his copy —“Thank God there was the gold to forge,” that is very much the key line to the whole book.

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