Against the Day Weblog

March 22, 2007

Against the Next Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 1:02 pm

As you have gathered from the sparse number of entries here I am not reading Against the Day anymore as I have finished it. I am currently preparing a book review for it whuch will appear in a Greek nespaper, which I am going to translate and place here at some point.

In the meantime… What is going to happen with this weblog? In the 4 months of its existence and via difficult conditions caused by the drop of the previous Movable Type server it has received more than 25000 visitors and has a constant flow of visitors from search engines and related websites.

The original plan in Movable Type was to use the number of page as a tag in order for the entries to be easily navigationable. The breaking of the original blog lost all my tag information so this option has unfortunately stopped.

As I am considering to start a second reading of the book the blog will remain active and the t
lost tag information will be embedded in the text as categories. I will also update the older entries in this fashion as the second reading proceeds and I hope this will help.



  1. I’m interested in if you still believe that Pynchon was offering a theory of history in “Against the Day.” I’m kicking around a theory that Pynchon might be Tolstoy’s natural heir, one who broadly accepts the Tolstoyan rejection of Great Man theory while offering an alternate form of narrative to argue that great, unmovable forces are responsible for historical tides and that individuals are helpless to stop them. My guess is that Pynchon doesn’t really buy the paranoid determinism his novels propose, that this is a matter of novelistic style and a shorthand for making the same points as Tolstoy, but done in a way that better matches the modern (or rather postmodern) mien. Pynchon believes in the self-preservation of power. Those with money and power always find ways to co-opt threats to their authority and create new tools for stronger social control. But it doesn’t mean that these people are working in a coordinated fashion. They don’t need to coordinate, they only need to pay attention and identify threats, the actions they need to take are obvious.

    Comment by Dan Conley — April 14, 2007 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  2. You are very close to my mind with this paragraph. I do have one objection in the fact that Pynchon feels to me more of an optimism than this ‘money and power social control’ allows to be seen. The whole multiverse ending to Against the Day and the segments in which he talks about the forces of history taking care of everything somehow show this. Maybe it feels a bit naive on his part to think so after so much analysis of the inability of the individual to make a difference, but I do find that there is more to this than meets the eye. I am sure that on the second reading i will have a lot more to talk about about this.

    Comment by basileios — April 17, 2007 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  3. Are you publishing it in the Ethniko Kirika?

    Comment by Greek newspaper — May 1, 2007 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  4. not as far as I know… 🙂

    Comment by basileios — May 1, 2007 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

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