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Twenty-Four: Reverse Detective

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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 […]

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Twenty-Three: Everybody Loves the Irish

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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 […]

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Twenty-Two: Don’t Talk to the Mosh Pit

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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 […]

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Twenty-One: Just Read It

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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 […]

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Twenty: Michelle-Shock

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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. […]

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Nineteen: Cell-Shock

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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 […]

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Sixteen: Capstoned

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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!

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Fifteen: Historically Bad at Napping

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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 […]