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2500 Random Things About Me Too

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On February 6 2009, Matias Viegener logged into Facebook and wrote a short list of random things about himself. He had been tagged in a friend’s meme, “25 Random Things About Me,” and though it irked him, he decided to respond. The meme’s premise was simple: Write 25 unrelated facts about yourself, then ask 25 friends to compose their own list. The next day, Matias compose ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 2012 by Les Figues Press
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Cheryl Klein
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1. This book will make you think in lists.
2. In a good way.
3. Lists are not the opposite of narrative. More like a way to braid narrative without getting bogged down by transitions.
4. So, more like life? Except sometimes in life I get bogged down by transitions.
5. If you feel highly suspicious of a book that began as a Facebook meme and is now being sold as experimental literature, you are not alone. If you tend to seek the opposite of these things when you read, you are not alone.
6. BUT this bo
Anna Springer
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elegant, Hilarious, Tender book about BOTH the CONCEPT and the PRACTICE of relationship.

Ok I'm only on page 19 so I should wait to give the stars but, duh, I think this is already my favorite book in the world. Also it's making me feel remorseful for not being honest enough in my own writing. A little embarrassed. But with a new true north.

Now I'm more than 2/3 through. I am SUCH a slow reader, and this book is SUCH a force, I keep staying up way too late reading "just one more section."

This is
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
/ EXPLANATION / I wrote down the name of every person mentioned in this book. It was an idea I had when reading Patti Smith's book, but it never materialized. To be honest, I was 90-some pages in to Viegener's book before I resolved to do this project, so I backtracked. I realize now that I forgot to include names from the front matter. If people were mentioned multiple times, they were only listed once. My reading was sporadic, however, so sometimes names are listed more than once. I'd simply f ...more
Jacob Wren
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Glen Retief
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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This feels like the book where one guy learns how to write a book. He makes rules and breaks them. He has ideas about narrative, randomness, not wanting people to form ideas about him, what people like to read, repetition, and the role of the sentence. He creates form and then fights it constantly. He decides what the constraint is good for and what makes it impossible. He gets constant feedback and responds to it.

But the brain is pattern-seeking, and that's at least one of the biggest appeals
I tried not to read this too quickly. I didn't want to rush the time I spent with the author. The writing is so tender and evocative that it sort of hurt me. How can a writer be so indulgent and yet seem so aware of me- the reader? The intimacy of this is undeniable. It is the opposite of pretentious, or maybe it just makes pretension more palatable. Maybe it softens pretension. Maybe this list is like a ripe piece of fruit. The mush is unintentional, a natural result. The sweetness is inherent.
Vincent Scarpa
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An extremely singular project in which form and content are sometimes at odds, sometimes harmonious in their disharmony, and then at other times exactly suited for one another. A study in repetition, arrangement, order, the (im)possibility of "randomness." This is the first book of Viegener's I've read, and I'll surely read more. So many moments of brutal tenderness. (Only small complaint: it really feels like he goes out of his way to make sure we know he was very close with Kathy Acker, which, ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Unique, thoughtful, brutal and striking, this book is a really great collection of semi-random things that ultimately feels flat. It never really succeeds at being anything other than a memoir, only formally challenging, and the formal choice (lists of 25 "random" facts) tends to strip some of the stories of depth, and while there are times when the sparsity fuels the imagination, mostly what happens is that we are given all of the facts, but none of the imaginative details. Interesting, but ult ...more
Deonne Kahler
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you don't go into this thinking it'll be a memoir (which is how I heard it described), you won't be disappointed. It definitely feels "random," but there's also an interesting cohesiveness that carries you through to the end. Sort of like reading the diary of a smart, funny, insightful person. (I was surprised to see someone I know referenced in the book, which I have to admit made me like it even more.) Recommended, especially if you're interested in innovative forms.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A page turning, thrillingly intellectual accomplishment that started with an apparently ludic Facebook meme.
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