essays that i want to / will never write about 2666

on the theater of imaginary voices / the unknown university

on vampires, the consumption of human flesh, on the violence of the real and shattering semblances (also the violence of the false)

on 2666 as the masterpiece that hides itself, if christ is the masterpiece, and the thieves are veil, 2666 is the anti-christ that attempts in destroying itself to reveal the abyss that it circumscribes

a corollary to the above: on all of the poems and novels (both real, invented, uncited) that are interspersed throughout, not simply metatextual, revealing a structure to the work that is simply absent, but bodies in the morgue, the concealment of life

on that quote from gaddis’s recognitions: Can’t you imagine that we’re fished for? Walking on the bottom of a great celestial sea, do you remember the man who came down the rope to undo the anchor caught on the tombstone? and hans reiter, archimboldi as a diver, where the desert is the bottom of the sea, the author is not from this world, and is not simply a foreign observer, but someone who can wrestle with chaos, a sisyphus who can outwit thanatos, but ultimately thanatos or (the satan in the book of job) is the ultimate visitor, forever lurking in the shadows of the sea

on the seaweed aliens

on the text’s denial of a pattern in the murders and rapes, it’s not that we don’t know, it’s not that we don’t want to know, it’s that we’re deliberately searching not to know

on the author as some incarnation of death who grieves for its victims

an essay that is no more than a list of artists, authors, novels, poems, movies, etc. mentioned in the book

an essay that is every sentence that includes the word ‘abyss’


1.Sunken yacht, Antarctica
2.Spree Park, Berlin, Germany
3.Villa Epecuen, Argentina
4.Varosha, Famagusta, Cypr
5.The Maunsell Sea Forts, England
6.Kolmanskop, Namib Desert
7.Overgrown section of the Great Wall, China
8.Montserrat, Caribbean
9.Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy
10.Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay