There are two books that I want to read. One will be released on Tuesday, and it’s The Overton Window by Glenn Beck. I want to read a this paranoid thriller that takes it’s title from a concept developed by Joe Overton at the Mackinac Center (located in my adopted home state of Michigan) just out of morbid curiosity.
The other book is called Witz and it’s by a writer named Joshua Cohen.
More than 800 pages long and the result of nine years’ labor, Joshua Cohen’s third novel, “Witz,” is a deliberate act of excess that’s also an exercise in omission — the product of a negative aesthetic that emphasizes what isn’t there. In telling the story of the last Jew alive, for example, Cohen omits the word “Jew.” And within the loose skeleton of a coming-of-age story, he negates the premise of growth through experience by having his central character be born “full size, at full intelligence . . . with glasses and hairy.”
The first I expect to be a quick read through not-so-illuminating prose. The second I expect to be bewildering and exciting. Now, all I need is the time…And then there are those books already in my TBR pile…So many books, so little time.