Twenty-Six: Pynchon Jail

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]