Franzen called him “Mr. Difficult,” the ultimate pretentious high-artist who followed only his own standards of perfection and didn’t care if readers enjoyed or even understood his work. This is hard to square with Gaddis’ actual writing which is…
Honestly, people who bitch about fiction being “difficult,” whether writers themselves or otherwise, strike me as kind of condescending. Sure, I’ll agree that Faulkner can be a bit overwhelming as a prose stylist because he’s throwing everything at you at the same time, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, or even a particularly daunting thing. You just have to get into a groove with it. And as you say, Gaddis is way more structurally straightforward on that level. A book being long is not the same as a book being difficult to get into or opaque.
But again, I’m the guy who liked Act 6 of Homestuck even if/when it dragged its heels and once had an epiphany about the lyrics to Wire’s “Former Airline”, so I kind of have a cosy relationship with narrative self-indulgence.
Psychic TV - When Lone Wolves Gather…They Could Start A War
A very intriguing bootleg of one of the bands earliest live shows, recorded in Hamburg on 16 September 1984 using a binaural microphone setup and released on cassette by DDD sometime in the mid-to-late ’80s.
You can acquire this recording here, if you are so inclined.
P.S. I am not sure of the precise setlist/tracklist given that neither side is marked and PTV sets from this period were fairly freeform, but in browsing I recognised “Enochian Calling”, “Thee Full Pack” (I think), “Unclean”, “Skinhead Moonstomp”, “Ov Power” and “Thee Shining”.