Announcing Season Five!

Happy Pynchon in Public Day, everyone!

Since we finished Gravity’s Rainbow, when we would occasionally come out of the stupor that followed after spending two years on Pynchon’s most well-known – and possibly most difficult – work, people would ask us, “What’s up for next season?”

The choice of what to do next is always difficult. It’s not unlike deciding which song should start off Side B of a mix-tape. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it, and a lot of conversation. At least one seance and, obviously, consultation of the Tarot. Coin-flips and rousing games of spin-the-bottle, the books arranged in a circle and Michael over at Drunk Pynchon being the ring-leader. Sometimes there are tears, often flatulence, and we unsurprisingly lose Liam at least once during the process.

But we’ve finish, consulted our charts (we’ll all born on Slothrop’s birthday, so that makes it easier?), and now we’re ready to tell all of you.

Season Five of the Pynchon in Public Podcast will be on…BLEEDING EDGE!

When will the season begin? Well, stay posted! We’re working on getting the episodes out to you as soon as possible, but also working on bringing you the best work we can.

One quick note: After a lot of soul-searching, Chris has decided to depart the show. We wish him all the luck in the world in whatever he decides to do next. For me, personally, this is like losing the McCartney to my Lennon, even though we often plotted against each other. He is, and will be, greatly missed.

As such, your host for this new season will be me, Bo. That’s good news for those of you who tune in just for the Velvety Baritone(TM). For those of you who were hoping Chris would win and take me out, well, that might still happen. Or I might yet fall victim to a good old-fashion mass-stabbing. But for now, you’re stuck with me.

We’ll let you know when the season is about to start, so stay tuned on our social media pages. Or write via W.A.S.T.E.

Thanks, as always, for listening.

8 thoughts on “Announcing Season Five!

  1. didn’t you guys already do BE? is this going to be a reassessment of a work previously deemed as Pynchon Lite?
    I’m struggling with it now, trying to avoid discarding it to the Lite dustbin and seeing something beyond the jokey references. I really hope you guys found something deeper here that I feel I’m missing

    1. We did talk about Bleeding Edge, Tom. Episodes One and Two cover it. But we didn’t do an in-depth discussion and only talked about it because it’d just come out. We’d always planned to come back to it.

      I hope we can unearth some value in it for you. The group is a little divided on it, honestly. But maybe when the episodes start posting, you’ll find a reason to hang on to it.

  2. I’m so happy!

    Just two requests:
    1) Could you buy that one guy with the terrible audio quality a headset? I’d even chip in via PayPal 😀
    2) Could you decide on one certain edition so that you can refer to pages and lines etc.? It will be easier to follow that way

    A lot of hype from Germany

    1. We appreciate your enthusiasm!

      It’s difficult, given the nature of what we do, to require people to have a certain quality of gear. And given that our panelists come from all over the globe, it’s also difficult to require certain editions. This one should be easier, since there just aren’t as many editions of this book. I do apologize for the difficulty this creates, but since we make zero money from this, it’s just not practical.

      Also: Dankeschön!

  3. Interesting news. Maybe I can get in on this one from the beginning. I have fewer than 100 pages of GR to go! I do have one serious request for new episodes – although I agree that Bo has a mellifluous baritone, I simply cannot hear it without struggling. I’m listening to the podcast, hearing every word with no problem…and then Bo starts to speak and I have to move closer to the speaker or re-wind or just try to get the gist of what Bo is saying. Which can be tiring if he is speaking in paragraphs.
    Please move closer to the microphone and speak up.
    Thank you and thanks for the podcast!

    1. Randy,

      The issue with my volume on these eps has been fixed for the next season. At some point, I’ll rework the files for GR to fix them, but that’ll take some time.

      Thanks for listening!

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