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If On Winter's Night A Traveler: Playful and Surprisingly Readable

I think, with the exception of a Stephen King novel, I am finally through reading all the novels I received for Christmas. Though I do love Pynchon, I am wary of getting into a lot of experimental fiction. 771 more words

Yuko Kondo's Pynchon Paperbacks

Vintage’s reissue series of Thomas Pynchon’s novels and short fiction 35 more words

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Remembering Richard Fariña, the ‘Wild Colonial Maniac’

This spring, singer-songwriter Iain Matthews and multi-instrumentalist Andy Roberts, performing as Plainsong, toured the U.S. together for the first time since 1971. That was the year Matthews, with Roberts playing acoustic guitar on the studio sessions, released his debut solo album, the brilliant… 1,371 more words


The Life-Cry of Don De Lillo’s Ratner’s Star

The novel Ratner’s Star was pitched to me, in the few outlets that have posted their reviews of the text online, as a Menippean satire, a work that is usually in prose, multi-perspectival, in that it makes ideology or interior mental states targets of fun rather than individuals, and I can’t conjure a third trait to complete the Rule. 452 more words

Thinking Comes Later: Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson is like a god to me. I know I’m not at the only one to feel that way. Anderson is to us what I imagine Scorsese was to cinephiles of the 70s and 80s. 1,421 more words


50th Anniversary: The Crying of Lot 49

We Await Silent Tristero’s Empire

Richard Lacayo introduces the novel

Summoned to serve as executor for the will of her ultra-rich former lover, Oedipa Maas is led into the mystery of Trystero, a shadowy band of, of — of what exactly? 869 more words

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