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Friday, December 25th, 2009
3:03 pm
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Tidings of explicit comfort, feasible joy ...
"Then for another moment it seems that all the Christmas bells in the creation are about to join in chorus--that all their random pealing will be, this one time, coordinated, in harmony, present with tidings of explicit comfort, feasible joy."

--Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973)

http://waste.org/mail/?list=pynchon-l&month=0612&msg=113089

Current Mood: working
Friday, April 24th, 2009
9:18 am
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The Crying of Lot 49
An Olive Edition

The classic novel of conspiracy and self-knowledge—by the legendary Thomas Pynchon

Harper Perennial
Carton Qty: 92
Selling Territory: USCOM
25,000
PUBLISHING HISTORY
Also Available: Harper Perennial (modern classics pb) (9780060913076)
On Sale: 11/3/2009
Fiction
pb 9780061849923 $10.00 ($13.00)
208 pages; 4 1/2 x 7 1/8

• Olive Editions are lower-priced small format editions of some of our bestselling titles with hip and beautiful package designs, available for a limited time.

http://www.harpercollinscatalogs.com/harper/515_1021_323838373033.htm

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
9:33 am
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Gravity's Rainbow Death Pact
This group is about reading Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon.

Add pictures
- of your copy of GR
- you with GR
- you reading GR
- reacting to GR
- what you're doing INSTEAD of reading GR
- re-enacting scenes from GR

http://www.bangmoney.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/77-Gravitys-Rainbow-Death-Pact.html

http://www.flickr.com/groups/gravitysrainbowdeathpact/

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
6:19 pm
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Tidngs of Explicit Comfort, Feasible Joy ...
"Then for another moment it seems that all the Christmas bells in the creation are about to join in chorus-that all their random pealing will be, this one time, coordinated, in harmony, present with tidings of explicit comfort, feasible joy." (GR, Pt. I,. p. 70)

http://waste.org/mail/?list=pynchon-l&month=0712&msg=123657

Also ...

"Snow-Balls have flown their Arcs, starr'd the sides of Outbuildings, as of Cousins, carried Hats away into the brisk Wind off Delaware,-- the Sleds are brought in and their Runners carefully dried and greased, shoes deposited in the back Hall, a stocking'd-foot Descent made upon the great Kitchen, in a purposeful Dither since Morning, punctuated by the ringing Lids of Boilers and Stewing-Pots, fragrant with Pie-Spices, peel'd Fruits, Suet, heated Sugar,-- the Children, having all upon the Fly, among rhythmic slaps of Batter and Spoon, coax'd and stolen what they might, proceed, as upon each afternoon all this snowy December, to a comfortable Room at the rear of the House, years since given over to their carefree Assaults...." (M&D, Ch. 1, p. 5)

http://www.pynchon.pomona.edu/mason/index.html

http://waste.org/mail/?list=pynchon-l&month=0612&msg=113298

And in memoriam ...

http://waste.org/mail/?list=pynchon-l&month=0712&msg=123655

God bless us all, everyone ...

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
2:14 pm
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Inherent Vice
It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there . . . or . . . if you were there, then you . . . or, wait, is it . . . [p. 28]

http://booksellers.dk.com/static/pdf/penguinpress-summer09.pdf

New Pynchon Details--Inherent Vice

Penguin has posted its Summer '09 catalog online (PDF format), and it includes some details as to Pynchon's new novel.

http://www.conversationalreading.com/2008/11/new-pynchon-det.html

Publisher Penguin's catalog reveals details about the upcoming book by Thomas Pynchon. As previously reported, it will be a detective novel hitting shelves next summer; the news is the title, "Inherent Vice." And details about the plot:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2008/11/thomas-pynchons.html

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http://mavienocturne.blogspot.com/2008/11/un-extrait-du-nouveau-pynchon.html [catalog p. 44]

Current Mood: excited
Friday, November 21st, 2008
8:17 am
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Heliconius tristero
"The name 'Tristero' derives from Thomas Pynchon's novel, The Crying of Lot 49, and refers to a shadowy Renaissance cult figure that inspired a secret, independent postal system in modern suburban California. Because the red forewing patch pattern is referred to as 'postman' (Emsley, 1963), tristero seemed an appropriate name for a species that has emulated the local erato-melpomene mimicry complex so effectively that it has remained undetected until now."

http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/docs/tristero1996.pdf

Current Mood: working
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
9:42 am
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New Thomas Pynchon novel confirmed
This morning, Carolyn Kellogg reported on web rumors about a new novel by Thomas Pynchon. Now, Penguin Press, Pynchon's publisher, confirms that there is, indeed, a new novel by the reclusive author, to be published in August 2009.

As for the other rumored details -- that it's a noir novel of about 400 pages, set in the world of 1960s psychedelia -- Penguin is remaining silent ... for the time being.

But stay tuned: The rumor mill continues to grind.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2008/10/new-thomas-py-1.html

New Thomas Pynchon book on the way?

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2008/10/new-thomas-pync.html

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
2:55 am
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Damn ...
--- On Fri, 9/12/08, Steven Moore <mooresteven@att.net> wrote:

From: Steven Moore <mooresteven@att.net>
Subject: eGad: Penguin Press announces a new Thomas Pynchon novel for August 2009
To: gaddis-l@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, September 12, 2008, 5:26 PM


according to a sales rep at Penguin (the same guy who gave me advance notice of a few years ago). No title or description yet; will pass along info as I learn more.

Steve

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, May 8th, 2008
10:02 pm
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Happy Birthday ...
... Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr.!

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
10:32 am
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Pynchon Pre-Birthday Bash a Regular Krupp Wingding
Friday May 02, 2008

Red Hook's Freebird Books is throwing a party Sunday afternoon in honor of Thomas Pynchon's upcoming 71st birthday, but the announcements the store's co-owner, Peter Miller, has been sending out are already making waves. One writer who received the invitation feting "that lovable recluse and buck-toothed prophet of paranoia" wrote Miller to complain that "it is insulting to characterize Mr. Pynchon by his teeth," then found fault with the menu, which consists of "foodstuffs famously vomited by Gravity's Rainbow's Tyrone Slothrop: burgers, homefries, chef's salad with French dressing, Moxie, after-dinner mints, Clark bars, salted peanuts, and 'the cherry from some Radcliffe girl's old-fashioned.'"

"There are many wonderful foods in Pynchon's work, starting with bananas and good coffee. perhaps," this unnamed writer chastises. "Mason & Dixon... is loaded with some interesting foods...What Slothrop vomits is a (light) comic riff on bad food in our fast-food overprocessed world. Honor Pynchon's life-embracing love of the right kind of food, if one is having a party for him, I say."

"I will say, in full disclosure, that I surely do not have the sense of humor Mr. Pynchon does," the letter winds down, "so perhaps I am too earnest and am making mountains out of what Pynchon would not." Perhaps. Anyway, if Miller isn't hauled into jail for postering party fliers around the neighborhood—and he reports that he's already gotten one warning—the party's set to begin at 3 p.m.

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/party_hopping/pynchon_prebirthday_bash_a_regular_krupp_wingding_83930.asp

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
4:44 pm
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Tidings of Explict Comfort, Feasible Joy
"Snow-Balls have flown their Arcs, starr'd the Sides of Outbuildings, as of Cousins, carried Hats away into the brisk Wind off Delaware,--the Sleds are brought in and their Runners carefully dried and greased, shoes deposited in the back Hall, a stocking'd-foot Descent made upon the great Kitchen, in a purposeful Dither since Morning, punctuated by the ringing' Lids of various Boilers and Stewing-Pots, fragrant with PieSpices, peel'd Fruits, Suet, heated Sugar,-- the Children, having all upon the Fly, among rhythmic slaps of Batter and Spoon, coax'd and stolen what they might, proceed, as upon each afternoon all this snowy Advent, to a comfortable Room at the rear of the House, years since given over to their carefree Assaults...."

--Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon, Ch. 1, pp. 2-3

"Then for another moment it seems that all the Christmas bells in the creation are about to join in chorus--that all their random pealing will be, this one time, coordinated, in harmony, present with tidings of explcit comfort, feasible joy."

--Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, Pt. I, p. 70

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
10:42 am
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We Await Silent Tristero's Empire
UCPD Investigates Symbolic Graffiti on Campus Walls
Tagging Resembles Muted Post Horn From Postmodernist Novel by Pynchon





Vandals tagged the UCSB campus and parts of Isla Vista over Thanksgiving break, making use of a symbol found in the 1966 Thomas Pynchon novel The Crying of Lot 49.

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http://www.dailynexus.com/article.php?a=15223

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
9:50 am
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Nobel Prize Announcements
The announcement of the Nobel Laureates for the year is made on the same day that the Nobel Prize-Awarding Institutions choose from among the names recommended by the respective Nobel Committees. Immediately after the vote, a press conference is held by the concerned Nobel Prize Awarder.

[...]

Literature - Thursday, October 11, 1:00 p.m. CET (at the earliest)

http://nobelprize.org/prize_announcements/

7:00 a.m. Eastern, 6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific ...

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
9:26 am
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Adobe HQ puzzle solved
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - 4:36 PM PDT Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Two technology workers have solved the puzzle presented by rotating lights high atop the Adobe Systems Inc. headquarters in San Jose.

At a press conference at San Jose's city hall Tuesday, Mayor Chuck Reed and an Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) marketing executive presented the code crackers, a computer science engineer named Bob Mayo and an engineer named Mark Snesrud, to the world.

What they discovered is that the rotating lights on the adobe building were spelling out an entire novel, "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2007/08/13/daily35.html

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
6:52 pm
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What Tarot Card are You?


You are the Hanged Man


Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound.


With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear of
loss from a situation, rather than gain.


The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.


The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.



"All his hopeful cards are reversed, most unhappily of all the Hanged Man, who is supposed to be upside down to begin with, telling of his secret hopes and fears..." --Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, Pt. IV, p.738

http://www.hyperarts.com/pynchon/gravity/extra/slothrop.html

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
1:52 pm
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The Ultimate eBook Experiment: Reading in the Bathtub
by Chris Steib
May 08, 2007 10:26 PM EDT (Updated: May 09, 2007 10:02 AM EDT)

In an April 17 posting on his blog PRINT IS DEAD, Jeff Gomez reflected on a comment Margaret Atwood made at the 2007 London Book Fair that summed up what the famous author believed to be the major pitfall of digital books: unlike "regular books," she argued, ebooks cannot be read in the bathtub. Ms. Atwood is not alone in this line of thinking: in fact, similar comments have been posted right here on Gather about the Sony Reader, particularly in regards to how it simply cannot measure up to good-old-fashioned paper books.

Well, dear readers, I have endeavored to put this "theory" to rest by pitting my new Sony Reader against a copy of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 in the environment Ms. Atwood so boldly claims is the true domain of paper -- NOT digital -- books....

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474976995981

Current Mood: working
Friday, May 11th, 2007
2:05 pm
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Zak Smith @ B&N NYC
Friday, May 18th, 2007
7 pm

Zak Smith in Chelsea, NY

Zak Smith will sign copies of his highly acclaimed Pictures Showing What Happens on Every Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow at Barnes and Noble.

Barnes & Noble
675 6th Ave.
NY, NY. 10010
tel. 212 727 1227

http://www.tinhouse.com/events.htm

Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow

Zak Smith

Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) has been called a modern Finnegans Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers’ experience of the twentieth-century classic. Smith has created more than 750 pages of drawings, paintings, and photos—each derived from a page of Pynchon’s novel. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war—a burned-out Konigstiger tank, a melted machine gun—coexist alongside such fantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the “stumbling bird” and “Grigori the octopus.” Smith has said he aimed to be “as literal as possible” in interpreting Gravity’s Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerful as the prose they honor.

http://www.tinhouse.com/books/catalog_gravitys.htm

Zak Smith's Illustrations For Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow

http://www.themodernword.com/pynchon/zak_smith/title.htm

Zak Smith

http://www.zaxart.com/

http://www.myspace.com/zakzsmith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zak_Smith

Zak Sabbath

http://www.zaksabbath.com/

http://www.barbedwirekiss.com/

http://www.myspace.com/zaksabbath

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2280859/

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
10:31 am
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Happy 70th Birthday ...
.... Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr.!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon

http://www.pynchon.pomona.edu/bio/facts.html

"Thomas Pynchon himself was born during a Sun-Uranus conjunction – placing the author under the aspect of astrology per se – on May 8, 1937 in Glen Clove, Long Island, New York sometime in the morning ...."

http://www.ottosell.de/pynchon/horos1.htm

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
5:43 pm
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Call for Papers
Against the Grain: Reading Pynchon’s Counternarratives
International Pynchon Week 2008
June 11-14
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Munich, Germany

What better place to discuss Pynchon’s new novel Against the Day (and all his other texts) than in the Zone? In 2008, the biannual Pynchon conference takes place in Munich, Germany, just as Mondaugen’s city celebrates its 850th birthday (and Europe goes soccer-crazy during the European Cup). The American Studies department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität invites scholars and students, amateurs and novices, fans and critics to get together for this four-day event. While a good share of the conference is to be dedicated to Against the Day, it is of course open to all things Pynchon, and all proposals are welcome. A special invitation goes out to scholars from disciplines other than literary studies.

The form of presentations can either be individual papers, media presentations, or panels. If you want to present, send your abstract (500-750 words for individual presentations, 1,000 to 1,500 words for panels) to: sascha.poehlmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2007; decisions will be made by January 15. A full program will be published shortly after, with details about the location and more suggestions about accommodation. There is no participation fee. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to the address above. The conference website is located at: http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~poehlmann/IPW2008/index.htm

Current Mood: excited
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
12:29 pm
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The Crying of Lot 49
"An 'art film' adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same title."

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fWJrKrB4poU

Current Mood: working
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