Announcing a new Meetup for I Read Dead People!
What: Agape Agape by William Gaddis
When: Tuesday, July 20,[masked]:00 PM
Price: $2.00 per person
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
We'll have light refreshments, but feel free to bring something if you like.
Note on Location: This meetup will be in Franklin, but I'm not posting the location for the sake of privacy. I'll send details a couple days before.
William Gaddis's final work, Agape Agape, is an effective distillation of his philosophy and a powerful personal statement regarding the state of modern culture. The book is written in the form of a disjointed, stream-of-consciousness monologue delivered by a dying elderly man, himself attempting to complete his final work, a social history of the player piano in America. Desperate to complete his work before the onset of madness or death and fighting the effects of medication, the frantic narrator offers a meandering discussion of his work, which explores technology's artistically stifling influence. The narrator has isolated a particularly profound example of this in the player piano, an artistic invention that alternately replaced the artist. Technology, the narrator argues, has heightened the value of passivity, entertainment, and mediocrity, leading to the impending "collapse of everything, of meaning, of language, of values, of art, disorder and dislocation wherever you look." The narrator fervently claims that only through artistic courage can we achieve understanding, transcendence, and discover the uniting spirit of creativity, a brotherly "agape" love.
Online annotations: http://www.williamgaddis.org/agape/aanotes.shtml
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/I-Read-Dead-People/calendar/13702416/