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Thomas Pynchon on questions and answers

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

==Thomas Pynchon quoted in The Washington Post.

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A meditation on the tarot

A few weeks ago, I picked up a pack of tarot cards. As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve long been interested in using forms of randomness to inform the writing process, largely because I’m such a left-brained writer in other ways. 765 more words


Who’s Paranoid?

As a beautiful Fourth of July weekend came to a close, I was coincidentally reading the section in Thomas Pynchon’s most recent novel, Bleeding Edge… 914 more words


Page 8 - The Secret Integration - Thomas Pynchon

“That’s crazy,” kids would tell him. “A career? You mean a comedian or something on TV, a clown, or what?” And Etienne, putting his arm around your shoulders (which, if you were alert enough, you realized he was doing not out of friendship but to Scotch-tape a sign to you reading MY MOTHER WEARS COMBAT BOOTS, or KICK HERE, with an arrow), would tell you, “My father says everything’s going to be machines when we grow up. 420 more words

Page 62 - Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon

“This mutual friend you and Coy have. Had. I she, like, some kind of ex, or were you just dating, or . . . ?” 66 more words

Page 30 - Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon

The bio on his Web site refers vaguely to Himalayan wanderings and political exile, but despite claims to an ancient wisdom beyond earthly limits, a five-minute investigation reveals Shawn’s only known journey to the East to’ve been by Greyhound, from his native Southern California, to New York, and not that many years ago.

Page 61 - Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon

Whatever dismal fate had been waiting to jump her must’ve had a short attention span and turned aside and gone after somebody else. “Nice to see you,” Doc said. 39 more words