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A Note on the Pynchon Wiki

A number of you noted that you were not being granted permission to edit the Pynchon Wiki. Well, I just got my authorization today. It wound up in my gmail spam folder, so you may want to check your spam folders.  42 more words

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Control (Gravity's Rainbow)

It’s control. All these things arise from one difficulty: control. For the first time it was inside, do you see. The control is put inside. No more need to suffer passively under ‘outside forces’—to veer into any wind.

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Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice is the kind of film that, once surrendered to, does that rare thing of enticing, confusing and beguiling you all at the same time. 606 more words

Film Review

A rambling and possibly incoherent riff on Inherent Vice (film and novel) and The Crying of Lot 49

A. The first time I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice, I was in the middle of rereading Pynchon’s novel The Crying of Lot 49… 1,374 more words


Live long and prosper (Pynchon's Mason & Dixon)

One day, the Meridian having been closely enough establish’d, and with an hour or two of free time available to them, one heads north, one south, and ’tis Dixon’s luck to discover The Rabbi of Prague, headquarters of a Kabbalistick Faith, in Correspondence with the Elect Cohens of Paris, whose private Salute they now greet Dixon with, the Fingers spread two and two, and the Thumb held away from them likewise, said to represent the Hebrew letter Shin and to signify, “Live long and prosper.” The area just beyond the next Ridge is believ’d to harbor a giant Golem, or Jewish Automaton, taller than the most ancient of the Trees.

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V. by Thomas Pynchon

I can’t really explain what made me pick up ‘V.’ by Thomas Pynchon from the library shelf three weeks ago. It’s likely to have been a combination of recently seeing a trailer for the film adaptation of ‘Inherent Vice’ and coming across… 548 more words