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 […]
03.03: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we continue our analysis of The Crying of Lot 49. Oedipa gets something of a curious letter and, later, visits a bar frequented by Yoyodyne employees. In a restroom stall she’ll discover a curious symbol – easily the most recognizable of Pynchon’s symbols. She’ll be told about the W.A.S.T.E. […]
03.02: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we move on to chapter 2 of The Crying of Lot 49. Oedipa heads to San Narciso to begin her executing Inverarity’s will, runs into a not-quite-British-Invasion band called the Paranoids, and has something of a remarkable tryst with a actor-turned-lawyer named Metzger. If you’re not sure what to […]
03.01: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we kick-off Season Three with chapter one of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49…and with two new panelists!
02.09: Inherent Vice In which we give our (many, many) thoughts on P.T. Anderson’s film adaptation of Inherent Vice(2014). Also, you’ll want to sit through the credits on this one in order to catch our announcement of Season Three’s book of choice!
02.08: Inherent Vice In the final episode of Season 2, we have a look at themes and questions that span the entire novel Inherent Vice. We’ll be back in a few months with Season 3. Thanks for listening!
02.07: Inherent Vice In which we cover the final two chapters of the novel, Inherent Vice, initially trying to crawl out of the rabbit hole we found ourselves in during the previous episode. We’ll address the Doc/Bigfoot relationship for the final time. We’ll look at the role of cars in the novel and how they’re paired with the […]
02.06: Inherent Vice In which we continue our discussion of Inherent Vice, this time on chapters 16 through 18. Is there an extra day in Pynchon’s 1970? We’ll spend most of the episode citing evidence and arguing why this possible time-problem might be significant. This is a rabbit hole from which we’re not sure we’ve yet re-emerged.
02.05: Inherent Vice In which we continue our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, moving on to chapters 14 and 15.
02.04: Inherent Vice In which we continue our discussion of Inherent Vice, moving on to chapters 10 through 13. Has Doc actually made any progress on the case? Is his investigation(s) unravelling, or reality itself? Is Doc an agent of chaos? Are Doc and Bigfoot maybe something more than adversaries? Is there a little bromance in their relationship? […]