A “simple and practical moral calculus”

William T. Vollmann’s Rising Up and Rising Down, “a 3,000-page meditation on the ethics of violence,” will be published “in seven volumes by McSweeney’s in October (and in abridged form by Ecco next year).”

There’s an entertaining debate about Vollman here. Says sjtennent:

I found it a bit frightening that the article mentions first how great lengths Vollman goes to get his writing right–sleeping on streets with prostitutes, smoking crack, etc–and then later says he lives in Sacramento with a wife and kids. I think this is the first dad that a newspaper has somehow tried to ennoble for his crack smoking.

Opinions on Vollmann’s work are welcome.


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