I’m about half way through Imperial. It is clearly one of WTV’s best works.
From Claw Magazine. I only read a few lines, but it seems like a good one. One quote:
“What no one knows is that Vollmann just might be the nicest person alive.”
I’m beginning to think the same thing, evidenced by reading the first 400 pages of Imperial.
NYTimes – “Mr. Vollmann’s newest book, “Imperial,” which comes out from the Viking Press on Thursday, costs $55 and is 1,300 pages long — so heavy, he observed recently, that if you dropped it, you’d break a toe. A companion volume, to be published next month by powerHouse Books, contains some 200 photographs he took while working on “Imperial,” for which he also wore a spy camera while trying to infiltrate a Mexican factory, and paddled in an inflatable raft down the New River in California, a rancid trench that is probably the most polluted stream in America. The water, he writes, tasted like the Salk polio vaccine.”
I’ll be getting to this before the end of the year, although it will probably take a long time to finish. It took me over 7 months to get through Europe Central.
Best April Fool’s day post so far, from Edward Championâ€™s Return of the Return of the Reluctant – “The book, entitled Shooting Guns at the Gnus, is also illustrated by Vollmann. Vollmann hoped that the book would encourage young children to start firing guns early, so that they could get a sense of â€œwhat it means to be freeâ€ at a very early age.”