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In the middle third of the book, it's beginning to have whiffs of The Crying of Lot 49 about it.


Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:21 pm
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audrey wrote:
I would rather read Cooper, and I have Twain's opinion of Cooper.


I deeply love "The Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper." It is the best book criticism I have ever read.


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"For he was a Cooper indian, too."

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I finished it up over the weekend, and the very best that can be said of Inherent Vice is that it was not as bad as Vineland.


Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:15 am
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I like Pynchon too. Maybe I'm just too accepting as a reader... ...or more patient.

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I do hate certain books -- I find "Catcher in the Rye" and "On the Road" to be insufferable books

for some reason i thought this to be funny considering an article i read once claiming Pynchon and Salinger were the same person. not that I believe it, since another article claimed Pynchon might be the Unabomber.


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There was considerable evidence of a Salinger-Pynchon link. Many similarities of style and content, and interesting chronological overlaps. Poundstone did the best analysis in one of his Big[] Secrets books. The conclusion is that they are separate individuals.

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Both Salinger and Pynchon decided to pull a vanishing act. Salinger's came first. Pynchon rumors are far more interesting than Salinger; Salinger has apparently never stopped writing, but only for himself.

Favorite Pynchon story. A former prof of Pynchon's was teaching at UCLA. One day,. a gorgeous brunette in skintight leathers approaches the prof and says, "Thomas Pynchon sends his regards." And then, she walks away.

Second favorite: he supposedly played in a local LA band for awhile, with giant eyeballs over the bandmembers' heads, hiding their faces.


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He also had Professor Irwin Corey collect an award for him. I hadn't heard the brunette story.

You could fill a book listing everyone who was supposed to have played with The Residents. He did, however, spend two years writing for a defense contractor newsletter, still classified after 45 years.

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He also had Professor Irwin Corey collect an award for him. I hadn't heard the brunette story.

You could fill a book listing everyone who was supposed to have played with The Residents. He did, however, spend two years writing for a defense contractor newsletter, still classified after 45 years.

ISTR Pyncheon has stopped with the recluse routine in recent years and is a fixture of the New York social scene -- or was at the time of the article I read.

Now where did I read that article, he said scratching his head.


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You must be thinking of his appearances on The Simpsons.

Oh, and RJ: Salinger was at one time a public figure, and withdrew in the hysteria over Catcher. As far as I can tell, Pynchon has never taken a public stance; he was guarded about pictures and so forth before he published a word. So it could be said that TP's "disappearing act" predates Salinger's... and has been more successful, since it's not hard to find out where Salinger lives.

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