Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Pynchon’

I picked up a copy of the Inherent Vice film with Joaquin Phoenix and sadly it was disappointing. The back of the cover related that it was like nothing I would have ever seen or some such nonsense. Well I only had to recall The Long Goodbye from 1973 with Elliot Gould. After total recall I thought well if this isn’t the same movie? Either way Philip Marlowe was great or at the very least, believable. Joaquin Phoenix dialed into his script reading and begs one to follow along. In fact I took a nap about 30 minutes in and didn’t miss a thing. Then when Luke Wilson comes out of the fog, or the Golden Fang (who cares), I knew I was had. Oh that’s right it was Owen Wilson. What a distorted noir, total con actually, I was witness to. If only they hadn’t bothered to film this movie, I wouldn’t have wasted a nap listening to the script being read. I bought the film for a quarter ($0.25) at library surplus so back to the earth it goes with this week’s rubbish.

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Read this: http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/58182/


I found out about this review from http://themillions.com  .

After having read it I feel gloriously self-righteous in my cause for quality contemporary literature.

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So I’m a newbie to the world of Thomas Pynchon. Though I should know all about his accomplishments and such, I don’t. But I have stumbled upon the Wiki for the notoriously reclusive author. I don’t know why I swallowed the fly. In other words, I don’t know what brought me to him today, maybe it is Divine intervention. Maybe not, maybe it is my curiosity with/for American 20th Century Literature.  Maybe I have some urge to debunk? Whatever.

I have read that Mr. Pynchon is releasing a new book in August 2009. Something about Chinatown the movie with LSD, with no Nicholson.(Inherent Vice is the title) For Real Do’ it is a Noir set in Los Angeles that is part Psychedelic all Pynchon or some such stuff. I might buy it if the mood strikes me, then again I might go and buy the complete works of Dickens off of Ebay.

Something about hypertextual belongs here…

Something about influences belongs here…


And some quotes from famous critics belongs here…or can be found here about Mason & Dixon: http://masondixon.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mason_%26_Dixon_Reviews


Overall I get quite bored with these newfangled approaches to the basic telling of a story. And O. Henry put it best when he said something about Historical Fiction as a genre. Though I can’t remember what it was.

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