Mostly bits and pieces on Doony--
*Sorry, but what does FWF mean?
*I am struck how this first novella is a portent(correct word?) of
future things for JB--the Genie(genie=johnny=JB?!)'s writer's block
strikes him (again, as it will many times later), sowing seeds of
great works later ("LETTERS" where he speaks of writing a novel where
7 characters correspond to each other, and much much later "Somebody
*The entire conceit of this novella gets repeated and rewritten in
the last 1/4 of "Tidewater Tales", this time from the POV of the
Genie instead of Doony or Sherry. We had read and discussed the
novel last year, and more recent members who have time would be
behooven to search the board's archives for our notes on it. I think
I(we) need to dig out Tidewater Tales and skim it for comparison.
*Do the 2 & 3rd sections seem very rushed, as if JB was under
deadline? The 3rd section especially seems like a mere
apology/justification for everything that transpired. Is he trying
to lightly parody the ending of the "1001 Nights" itself?
*Highly recommend David Foster Wallace...the ribbing of JB,
as "Professor Ambrose", in "Westward" (found in "The Girl With
Curious Hair") is a laugh riot for fans. In another related vein,
check out Wallace's mythology parody in "Interviews With Hideous Men"
called "Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissy Nar to Ecko".