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Books I Read: 2018

I decided to continue this habit I started in 2017 of keeping a record of all the books I read throughout the year. And for 2018 I decided to up the ante, considerably. 1,823 more words


House of Leaves - Book Review


What lies at the heart of House of Leaves is a labyrinth, one carefully concealed inside a seemingly benign house. Or is it? After Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Will Navidson, his estranged partner, Karen Green, and their two children move into the house on Ash Tree Lane, they discover that the place is slightly bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. 748 more words


The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon: A Review

Date Finished: February 6th 2019

I first read The Crying of Lot 49 some three years or so ago. It was my first Pynchon and it was, as Pynchon tends to be, a somewhat baffling but very intriguing experience. 792 more words


Never, Ever Vote

Running across this page two days ago from the January 14, 2019, National Enquirer while Net-fishing for Pynchon articles in Lake Google (as I occasionally do during my downtime—yes, having downtime makes me an adult), I thought I’d encountered what the Leader of the Free World has termed “fake news.”  First, why hasn’t any other media outlet covered this?  304 more words

Nothing So Mystical

“If there is a life force operating in Nature, still there is nothing so analogous in a bureaucracy. Nothing so mystical. It all comes down, as it must, to the desires of individual men.”

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Solitary Man

According to Spotify, Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man” is in heavy rotation for me these days. 

I wonder…

I’ve been getting some weird invitations to lunch. They arrive in the form of mail flyers. 895 more words


This Octopus Is Not In Good Mental Health

In their brief time together Slothrop forms the impression that this
octopus is not in good mental health, though where’s his basis for
comparing? But there is a mad exuberance, as with inanimate objects…

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