It’s frustrating! Rewarding! Brilliant! Difficult!
If you’re intimidated by the prospect of reading David Markson’s famous novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress, maybe you should bring a friend along.
That’s what Kelsey Osgood did.
Kelsey is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New Republic, Salon, and Vice, but even she didn’t feel up to the task of reading Wittgenstein’s Mistress alone. So she read it with Nemira Gasiunas, a Philosophy PhD candidate at Columbia University, whose qualifications for understanding a novel based on the ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein include “a very sage-sounding British accent.”
Now you can bring Kelsey and Nemira along as you read Wittgenstein’s Mistress. Divided into five parts, their smart, funny, occasionally exasperated commentary will help you tackle one of the most enduring novels of our time.
Just grab the book and read along.
Part 1: Eighty Dollars and No Sense (Pages 1-50)
Part 2: Alone Again, Naturally (Pages 50-100)
Part 3: Maybe He’s Just Fucking With Us (Pages 100-150)
Part 4: The End is Nigh (Pages 150-200)
Part 5: The Ends (Pages 200-240)