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I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson would love this book” Salman Rushdie. “Bob Honey is the absurd embodiment of the high-octane American entrepreneur turned global menace…He is brethren to Terry Southern's Guy Grand and William S Burroughs's Dr. Benway, Honey is a ...
“I'm a huge fan of Thomas Pynchon. His work, especially something like Gravity's Rainbow—although I'm certainly not as experimental in this novel as he was in that—the idea of having this huge cast of characters who intersect around a central image—in that book the V-2 rocket, in my book the dragons—I ...

Rebecca Kauffman's second novel, The Gunners, doesn't seem complex at first. The Gunners of the title are a group of friends from outside Buffalo, not far from where Kauffman set her first novel, Another Place You've Never Been. All but one of have left home, but the novel begins when they return to town ...
Though it sounds a little bit like a bad acid trip, Penn's novel has already been praised by comedian Sarah Silverman, who called it “a goddamned novel for the ages,” and a “straight-up masterwork,” and author Salman Rushdie who wrote, “I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson would ...
While Penn's penmanship may be a little too on the nose for some, the novel has already been endorsed by Midnight's Children author Salman Rushdie who said, “It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true…I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson ...
While Penn's penmanship may be a little too on the nose for some, the novel has already been endorsed by “Midnight's Children” author Salman Rushdie, who said, “It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true … I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson ...

... it as a “goddamned novel for the ages” and “a straight-up masterwork, more relevant to this very moment than anything I've seen". Rushdie said: “It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true. I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson would love this book.".
“The sky burning.” From its first sentence, A.G. Lombardo's Graffiti Palace signals the screaming sky in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, one half of Palace's paternity. The other half is borrowed from Homer. Lombardo's impressive debut is a retelling of the Odyssey, only this version takes place in 1965 ...
It's in a tradition that includes Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, and the Herman Melville of Moby-Dick (the Melville of “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” less so), writers who otherwise have very different concerns and approaches. And that is only to name a few writers, and only American ones. But this aesthetic of ...
Thomas Pynchon. Ernest Hemingway. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Agatha Christie. Franklin W. Dixon. Cornelius Ryan. Ward Just. Pete Hamill. Norman Mailer. Jimmy Breslin. J.R.R. Tolkien. Joseph Heller. Madeleine L'Engle. T.H. White. Albert Terhune. Sinclair Lewis. William Gibson. Are there one or two books you reread from time ...
Pynchon, Salinger und Salter: In seinem Roman „Moonglow“ spielt der amerikanische Schriftsteller Michael Chabon mit literarischen Referenzen. Die Kolumne Literaturbetrieb. Thomas Pynchon und die V-2-Rakete: Michael Chabon verwebt im Roman „Moonglow“ literarische Referenzen und Geschichte ...
His ambitions are big (adapting the fiendish Thomas Pynchon for Inherent Vice). And his daring is without question; just look at his 1999 Robert Altman-inspired ensemble Magnolia, casting Tom Cruise as a sex guru and concluding with a biblical plague of frogs. In the case of Phantom Thread, his eighth ...
When you google his name, the internet elves who like to pre-empt your next move suggest you also look up David Foster Wallace, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon: highbrow, high-concept, 'bro' authors with a habit of popping up on the bookshelves of a certain sort of man. What can this book possibly have ...
With their nonstop quips, verbal sparring and '70s-era tonsorial choices, they're a deranged riff on Hawkeye and Trapper John (the medics in M*A*S*H), or maybe characters who wandered in from a Thomas Pynchon novel. One of them, Paul Rudd's extravagantly mustachioed, relentlessly sarcastic Cactus ...
In his masterpiece Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon writes a lot about the preterite or fallen, the ones left down on the ground by God, passed over, stuck in the muck of history. Fallenness is a precondition, but the story doesn't end there. Just as gravity itself remains a mystery to us – as Pynchon writes, ...
To be fair, the Voice poll does like PTA: The Master and There Will Be Blood came out on top in 2012 and 2007, respectively, and even his divisive Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice had a respectable showing in 2014. (In fact, every film Anderson made since 1999 has placed in our Top Ten; view ...
118A: Looking for a “Trix alternative” had me thinking about cereals; what Mr. Ginsberg wanted was another feminizing suffix, ETTE. One of my favorite terms is from “The Crying of Lot 49,” by Thomas Pynchon, when the protagonist Oedipa Maas becomes the executrix of the Inverarity estate and the whole ...

Well, a lot of people say that about Thomas Pynchon. Last week's mention of words and phrases that should be resurrected prompted some bonzer responses. My Winx (I'm making up a new one, denoting favourite. Hint: she's a thoroughbred of considerable talent) comes from Rob Umney, who thinks I ...
But the opposite is true. Shane Snow, founder of content-marketing site Contently, compared the reading levels of several bestselling books. Michael Crichton's work came in at an 8th grade reading level. Thomas Pynchon came in at 7th grade, Jane Austen at 5th, Ernest Hemingway at 4th, Goodnight Moon ...
Punch-Drunk Love (2002), a fruitloop romcom with Adam Sandler and Emily Watson – and the movie Phantom Thread most resembles – proved more divisive, as did 2014's baggy Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice. But There Will Be Blood (2007) and The Master stand tall as two of the century's ...
Strong storytelling … Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in the 2014 film adaptation of Inherent Vice. Photograph: Warner Bros/Courtesy Everet/RE. • He writes richer comedy than most card-carrying comic novelists, filling his eight novels with hilarious spoofs, outlandish characters, screwball ...
In a very generous blurb, Salman Rushdie suspects that “Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson would love this book”; one suspects Penn would love that comparison even more. But Pynchon and Thompson are countercultural writers, casting their gaze over the most raw, scabrous parts of American ...
... been an exciting challenge.” The novel has been praised ahead of its release by comedian Sarah Silverman and Salman Rushdie, who wrote: “It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true. I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson would love this book.” ...
The V.F.D. box that the children bid on (“V.F.D.” here stands for “Very Fancy Doilies”) is “lot 49,” and at one point Count Olaf mentions “the crying of lot 49,” which happens to be the title of an early Thomas Pynchon novel. Conspiracies play a large part in Pynchon's work. Jacques also has an eye tattoo on ...
Being charitable, we could see it as a celebration of the post-second World War Berlin – US deserters and lucrative shambles – celebrated in Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Will you buy that? Oh, well. Since we're being encouraged to use the Bowie scale, we will ...
The two-time Oscar winner for Best Actor will now tell a story through another medium in his novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, about a middle-aged jack-of-all-trades and contract killer. Will it be good? Well, Salman Rushdie seems to like it: "I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S Thompson would love this book," ...
If, in some circles, crime fiction is still associated with penny dreadfuls and mass-market mediocrity, Stein represents a counter-tradition – one that includes Jorge Luis Borges and William S Burroughs, Paul Auster and Thomas Pynchon – of highbrow and formally adventurous writers who have bent sinister, ...
A voracious reader with a love of authors like Philip K. Dick, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Chandler and HP Lovecraft, Smith – a long-time friend of fellow northern bard John Cooper Clarke – created songs that were crammed with memorable phrases and vivid imagery. Throughout his career, humour was ...
To be fair, the Voice poll does like PTA: The Master and There Will Be Blood came out on top in 2012 and 2007, respectively, and even his divisive Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice had a respectable showing in 2014. (In fact, every film Anderson made since 1999 has placed in our Top Ten; view ...
118A: Looking for a “Trix alternative” had me thinking about cereals; what Mr. Ginsberg wanted was another feminizing suffix, ETTE. One of my favorite terms is from “The Crying of Lot 49,” by Thomas Pynchon, when the protagonist Oedipa Maas becomes the executrix of the Inverarity estate and the whole ...
Ever notice those “reading level” stats that Microsoft Word shows you? They make it seem like writing to a higher grade level is good, and writing to a lower grade level is dumb. But the opposite is true. Shane Snow, founder of content-marketing site Contently, compared the reading levels of several ...
Then there was Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the notoriously hard-to-adapt author Thomas Pynchon, that reportedly got walkouts because of its freewheeling narrative. I loved those movies for their zero-fucks attitude to plot. If anything, my early apprehension about Phantom Thread was that it seemed like ...
Punch-Drunk Love (2002), a fruitloop romcom with Adam Sandler and Emily Watson – and the movie Phantom Thread most resembles – proved more divisive, as did 2014's baggy Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice. But There Will Be Blood (2007) and The Master stand tall as two of the century's ...
So here we are, after a year that has usurped most others in its Hieronymus Bosch-meets-Francis Bacon-discussing-Thomas Pynchon-esque propensity for flagrant cartoonish horror and mental evisceration. A time when sense and sensibility has taken not just a back seat but jumped off the Golden Gate ...
The Scottish writer Ali Smith is surely the most pun-besotted of contemporary novelists, edging out even Thomas Pynchon. It's not simply that she loves puns; it's that she thinks through and with them; her narratives move forward, develop and expand, by mobilizing them. She is an insistently political writer, ...
To whet your appetite, a week before “The Phantom Thread” opens in 70mm, the New Mission is screening Anderson's last film, “Inherent Vice” (2014), twice in 70mm. Who can resist a 1970s neo-noir set in Los Angeles, based on a Thomas Pynchon novel and starring Joaquin Phoenix as a stoner P.I. and ...
... Blood," ''The Master," ''Inherent Vice") were all period California dramas that dove headlong into America's past: greed and fury in the turn-of-the-century oil boom; the existential drift of post-World War II America; the fading counterculture of Thomas Pynchon's 1970s Los Angeles. While Day-Lewis's Daniel ...
Paul Thomas Anderson wandered down the hallway of the house he was renting in Encino, California, this summer, past his office, where a lamp illuminated a hardback of Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day and a pack of American Spirits, and then he turned right, into the room he'd been using to edit his ...
It's hard to say when, precisely, the myth of artistic reclusiveness finally lost its lustre – certainly before the singer Sia came out from behind her wig, or even before Thomas Pynchon, the last of America's great literary recluses, voiced himself on The Simpsons, appearing on two episodes in 2004 drawn with ...
... cast of 400 characters, drug-induced flashbacks, a hunt for a V2 rocket with an irregular serial number and sexual adventures on a private yacht). It finishes with America's imminent nuclear destruction while the country watches movies. Thomas Pynchon gives us 20th-century fiction's finest memento mori.
His first works appeared in The Village Voice and The New York Times Book Review, and he has designed book covers for countless writers in all genres of fiction and non-fiction, including Paul Auster, Thomas Pynchon, Salman Rushdie, Louise Ehrdrich, Sue Grafton and John Fowles. ALSO LISTED IN.
Thomas Pynchon at 80 – eight reasons to celebrate his birthday. He is a master of comedy, a father of cyberpunk, alert to the politics of his time … the author turns 80 today. Strong storytelling … Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in the 2014 film adaptation of Inherent Vice. Photograph: Warner ...
He was there with his friend David Hammons, a renowned artist so famously reclusive and unreachable that the very idea of him having a friend seems strange, like trying to imagine Thomas Pynchon buying toilet paper. Cannon and Hammons met on a park bench in the late '70s, a few years after ...
Writer Thomas Pynchon's novels are notoriously difficult. (Shameful admission: my first brush with him in a college seminar resulted in defeat.) The plots are labyrinthine. Characters pop in and out, never obviously blaring their significance. Narration references a litany of cultural products, not all of which ...
In 2017, we dug up images of feminist art pioneers at work in their studios, the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon peeking out from behind a door and throwing a peace sign, a Polaroid of the designer Marco Zanini and the model Linda Evangelista in the '90s and some classic Stephen Shore shots.
In 2017, we dug up images of feminist art pioneers at work in their studios, the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon peeking out from behind a door and throwing a peace sign, a Polaroid of the designer Marco Zanini and the model Linda Evangelista in the '90s and some classic Stephen Shore shots.
Writer Thomas Pynchon's novels are notoriously difficult. (Shameful admission: my first brush with him in a college seminar resulted in defeat.) The plots are labyrinthine. Characters pop in and out, never obviously blaring their significance. Narration references a litany of cultural products, not all of which ...
So dense that it was probably destined to be the most under-appreciated of Paul Thomas Anderson's films — there's a certain prickliness to Thomas Pynchon's source material, as even the most casually stoned of his novels is difficult to wrap your arms around — “Inherent Vice” is a sweet and strung-out ...
It's hard to say when, precisely, the myth of artistic reclusiveness finally lost its lustre – certainly before the singer Sia came out from behind her wig, or even before Thomas Pynchon, the last of America's great literary recluses, voiced himself on The Simpsons, appearing on two episodes in 2004 drawn with ...
... cast of 400 characters, drug-induced flashbacks, a hunt for a V2 rocket with an irregular serial number and sexual adventures on a private yacht). It finishes with America's imminent nuclear destruction while the country watches movies. Thomas Pynchon gives us 20th-century fiction's finest memento mori.


 

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