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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon – private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A.

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The Crying of Lot 49: Cyprus and its 'Trystero' Syndrome

Oedipa Maas is the heroine of The Crying of Lot 49, a novella written by Thomas Pynchon in 1966. It is about her quest to unravel a centuries old dispute between two mailing companies: Thurn and Taxis and The Trystero. 2,173 more words

About Writing

Seven (Long) Books I’ll Read Again

Life is too short not to reread. Chosen somewhat randomly but also sincerely, seven books I’d love to read again sometime soon:

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"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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Elegance and confusion, or an unnatural specificity?

How many digits should a street address have?

On one extreme, the one-digit address, seen in the new Parent Trap: extremely elegant, suggesting old money, evoking a time when city planners could not fathom the astronomical number of people who would one day live in London. 271 more words

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