Thirty-Four: A Pet Peeve of Norman Mailer

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04.08: Gravity’s Rainbow

In which we continue our analysis of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow with episodes nineteen through twenty-one.

2 thoughts on “Thirty-Four: A Pet Peeve of Norman Mailer

  1. Hi!

    Just a few thoughts on the Leni/Franz section. When reading it I felt that the atmosphere was much more reminiscent of 60s America than 20s Berlin i.e. radical movements in grotty student halls, playfulness with sexuality and exotic fascination with minorities.

    Also student groups were the major impetus behind the 68 movement in West Germany and student communes (or Wohngemeinschaften) were seen as a alternative society. Radical leftist politics in Weimar Germany were centred more around the unions and bohemians. Students tended to be more reactionary.

    The 60s is being projected onto the 20s here. This plays into a larger reading I have of the book but to explain it I would need to spoil the entire book right up to the last page. So I’ll leave it for now.

    1. Hey Benazir,

      Thanks for the additional context. Will definitely keep it in mind going forward.

      If, towards the end of the GR project, you want to send us a concise summary of your reading of the book, I’d be happy to share it on the show.

      Thanks for taking the time to reach out and for listening. 🙂

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