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December 4, 2006

…die on the job. Or else live forever…

Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 1:39 pm

Similar to the ‘live forever or die trying’ from V.



  1. Well, since you are in the vicinity, what is the meaning of the episode on pages 250-251? Great writing, but I don’t get it.

    In particular, I can’t find the definition of the word “aptotic” anywhere. Checked on line, checked my OED, nada. Just a reference to “aptote” whatever that is…


    Comment by David Heintz — December 5, 2006 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  2. you’re lucky you understand the other chums of chance episodes in that case, cos I certainly am more than puzzled by all of them. I can somehow see them as meta-textual references about books, the writing ‘business’, the world today in a sense that ties together the rest of the story but I must say this is a totally undigested opinion.

    As for aptotic, its easy when you’re Greek 😉 It is a language reference and simply means uninflected – no grammatical inflection – so unable to tell subject from object as it explains further on in the sentence.

    Comment by Basileios — December 5, 2006 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the reference!

    My view of the chums of chance episodes is like yours, that they tie things together. I am willing to accept that I’ll be wrong on this, as I’m only 300 paegs through this, and anything can happen.

    What I am sure of, however, is that I have read more than most of the reviewers of the book – particularly the one at Salon, who put out a glossy and very snide review.


    Comment by David Heintz — December 5, 2006 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  4. I agree 100%. The more I read this the more I get into it and the more I understand that this is no ordinary book, even for pynchon standards. The reviewers? men in a hurry most of them.

    Thanks for your question and comment. Keep in touch.

    Comment by Basileios — December 5, 2006 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

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