Pynchon Mania

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Ed has verified (with multiple unnamed and secret sources, because he’s the literary version of a John Le Carre character) that Thomas Pynchon is publishing a new book in December. Let’s hope it’s not another Vineland. By the way, if you’re new to Pynchon, here’s the first three books you should read (in this order):

Gravity’s Rainbow
The Crying of Lot 49

I’ve always liked Gravity more than V, because it’s more accessible and funnier. Crying of Lot is just the short bit they give to high schoolers to let them know what good writing is, but I’m assuming you (my loyal reader) are a bit more advanced than that. Crying isn’t bad, it’s just brief. So get to it third. Slow Learner -his early collection of stories, isn’t his best work, but if you want to give it a go, start at the end with “The Secret Integration.”


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