Sixty-Two: Is James Jello a Real Person?

04.35: Gravity’s Rainbow

In which we continue discussing the final section of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at the second half of chapter six – the first chapter with sub-sections.

We talk a little bit about the David Foster Wallace podcast, The Great Concavity. If you’re interested, you can find it here.

Author Michael Chabon was interviewed by Vulture, and he talked a little bit about Thomas Pynchon, including using the characters Takeshi and Ichizo as Easter eggs.

You can check out Frank’s Diner, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, via the internet.

The segment of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land that Bo tries to remember goes as follows:

A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree give no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

A note on James Jello. One of our constant sources on this show has been Pynchon Character Names, by Patrick Hurley. According to this, James Jello is not, unsurprisingly, a real person. It is merely meant to be alliterative and humorous, fitting for “that year’s kind of Bohemian clowns.”

2 thoughts on “Sixty-Two: Is James Jello a Real Person?

  1. In the Feb 2018 issue of Original Logic Puzzles, the five-part detective puzzle featuring Ivan Inkling is based around Thomas Pynchon.

    Lot 49 moves into Mason & Dixon into Gravity’s Rainbow and V.
    Clues from the other four puzzles are used to solve the fifth, “Pinchin’ the Culprit”.

    Someone among characters like Profane, Driblett, Jamf, working for Inverarity, Wharfinger, Tristero or Yoyodyne has stolen a rare stamp.

    Ivan must track him down.

    Available in the lowest rack of the supermarket magazine stand everywhere.

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