04.03: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with episodes five through eight.
We received a question on Twitter asking how we’re breaking down Season 04 of the podcast, in which we’re covering Gravity’s Rainbow. We’re posting the response here so that it’s more widely available. Season 04 will be broken down into four smaller seasons. Each mini-season will correspond to one of the four books within Gravity’s Rainbow. So […]
04.02: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we kick off season four with the first four episodes of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. Note: For this season, when we refer to “episodes” we mean a section beginning with the seven squares.
04.01: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we interview the man behind the wonderful blog Thomas Pynchon’s Liquor Cabinet. Michael has embarked upon a noble quest to drink every alcoholic beverage mentioned all of Thomas Pynchon’s novels. Chris and Bo decide to help him along by partaking in a particularly interesting trio of drinks. Which ones? You’ll have to […]
03.09: The Crying of Lot 49 A final capstone discussion of The Crying of Lot 49. In which we say everything there’s left to say…or at least we say a lot. Some of it may even bring some meaning to the text as a whole. Some of it might just wander around San Narciso all night pointing […]
03.08: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we discuss the final chapter of The Crying of Lot 49. Oedipa, with the help of a Warfinger scholar, digs into the history of the Trystero. As the people and things in her life gradually fall away, she finds herself in a fugue. The last bit of her former […]
03.07: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we wrap up chapter five of The Crying of Lot 49. After a night spent wandering the streets of San Narciso and seeing the post-horn at nearly every turn, Oedipa encounters an old sailor who asks her to drop a letter into W.A.S.T.E. for him. She tails a deliveryman […]
03.06: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we talk about the first half of Chapter 5 of The Crying of Lot 49. Chapter 5 begins with Oedipa visiting John Nefastis and his homemade Maxwell’s Demon device. Afterward, she begins a night of peregrination, wandering from place to place, point to point, the muted post-horn always seeming […]
03.05: The Crying of Lot 49 Addressing chapter four of The Crying of Lot 49 with a brand-new panelist. Welcome, Blake! Chapter 4 finds Oedipa first at a stockholders’ meeting of Yoyodyne, after which she finds a young man seemingly hip to the W.A.S.T.E. system. In a code-heavy conversation, he mentions the last of the true inventors, John […]
03.04: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we continue our analysis of The Crying of Lot 49…with our analysis of The Courier’s Tragedy. The Courier’s Tragedy is a Pynchon-invented play within the novel modeled on the revenge tragedies of seventeenth century England. It’s wildly violent and hugely entertaining…but what’s the point? How might it work within the […]