04.05: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we look at episodes thirteen and fourteen of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.
04.04: Gravity’s Rainbow In which our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow continues as we examine episodes nine through twelve.
04.02: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we kick off season four with the first four episodes of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. Note: For this season, when we refer to “episodes” we mean a section beginning with the seven squares.
03.09: The Crying of Lot 49 A final capstone discussion of The Crying of Lot 49. In which we say everything there’s left to say…or at least we say a lot. Some of it may even bring some meaning to the text as a whole. Some of it might just wander around San Narciso all night pointing […]
03.08: The Crying of Lot 49 In which we discuss the final chapter of The Crying of Lot 49. Oedipa, with the help of a Warfinger scholar, digs into the history of the Trystero. As the people and things in her life gradually fall away, she finds herself in a fugue. The last bit of her former […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]