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Martin Amis' The Information is a bit too much information

Like Pynchon, I really want to be a Martin Amis fan. He’s certainly got that British wit that I love. Also, he populates his novels with unlikable blowhards, which I’ve always enjoyed for some reason. 465 more words

"Bartleby" is the first great epic of modern Sloth (Thomas Pynchon)

By the time of “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street” (1853), acedia had lost the last of its religious reverberations and was now an offense against the economy.

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Endicott, Pyncheon, and others, in scarlet robes, bands, etc. (Nathaniel Hawthorne’s journal entry for August 22nd, 1838)

In the cabinet of the Essex Historical Society, old portraits.–Governor Leverett; a dark mustachioed face, the figure two thirds length, clothed in a sort of frock-coat, buttoned, and a broad sword-belt girded round the waist, and fastened with a large steel buckle; the hilt of the sword steel,–altogether very striking.

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A Californian Classic: 'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon (1966)

Nothing was happening. She looked down a slope, needing to squint for the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up altogether, like a well-tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit … Though she knew even less about radios than about Southern Californians, there were to both outward pattern a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. 475 more words

Book Review

I got through Gravity's Rainbow and hated (almost) every minute of it

Have you ever found yourself influenced by something that you didn’t enjoy? It’s easy to understand mimicking a work you love, but to do this with something that caused you inner turmoil is a bit harder to understand. 603 more words

Inherent Vice Book Review/Analysis

This Pynchon novel, it’s like, a trip, man?

In Inherent Vice, one of Pynchon’s more recent novels, he seems to try to establish boundaries and not let his narrative explode into a gargantuan labyrinth of prose. 616 more words