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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, ...


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