This Is Not a Novel — David Markson

I have never read a novel like this before, but that’s obvious since it is actually not a novel. (The clue is in the name.) But it has characters (well, a character), lots of historical figures, and a (very faint) narrative arc. And it’s pretty fun to read.

Initially it seems like a very tersely worded version of one of those books of random factoids. Just a succession of one- or two-sentence paragraphs stating more or less interesting historical facts. Like this:

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A map to fix Auckland’s broken…

A map to fix Auckland’s broken transport system, from people with vision. Hoping government will catch up one day. thespinoff.co.nz/auckland/10-04-2017/this-vision-o…

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RT @AcademiaObscura: Best graph ever….

RT @AcademiaObscura: Best graph ever. twitter.com/AcademiaObscura/status/849198669387751…

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“celerity should always be contempered…

“celerity should always be contempered with cunctation” – words to live by from Sir Thomas Browne (1646) penelope.uchicago.edu/pseudodoxia/pseudo52.html #quotes

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The synopsis didn’t really grab me, so…

The synopsis didn’t really grab me, so I didn’t bother watching the DVD. twitter.com/bnnt/status/835054076966531072/photo/1

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Little Deaths — Emma Flint

New York City last century: the scarlet woman, the suspicious tragedy, the tough cop, the tenacious reporter. They’re all here, but they are put together in some unexpected ways. Right at the beginning, the “murder mystery” trope is upended by … Continue reading

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Every single time you walk, you build…

Every single time you walk, you build the community, and advertise the idea of walking to everyone who sees you. www.mrmoneymustache.com/2017/02/10/the-happy-city/

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RT @imWaavey: Why isn’t this…

RT @imWaavey: Why isn’t this trending?!??? twitter.com/NoorAjaj/status/826507461540642816/vid…

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“We have here in Australia, border…

“We have here in Australia, border security arrangements which are the envy of the world”—which world, Mr Turnbull? www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/australia-supports-…

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CEOs now risk retribution if they…

CEOs now risk retribution if they criticize the US government. Land of the free? www.theverge.com/2017/1/28/14426550/silicon-valley…

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