103: Everything Else That Used to Be Worthwhile

In which we sit around talking in proper nouns about chapter five (v) of Thomas Pynchon’s V. We’ll be back in two weeks with a discussion on chapter six.

We’ve talked before about the Baader-Meinhof Complex. If you’d like to know more, you can read about it here.

Radiohead has a song called “Fog” on their album Knives Out that seems to reference V. They also have a version called “Fog (Again)” that was the source of a joke in our episode.

Bo occasionally mentions that he was born without a sense of smell, a condition called congenital anosmia. Here’s a very good video that explains the condition and what it’s like to live with, if you would like to learn more.

4 thoughts on “103: Everything Else That Used to Be Worthwhile

  1. Not to get too seminar-y, but the parallels between Father Fairing preaching to the rats and GR’s Frans Van der Groov preaching to the dodos cry out for some attention. Maybe in the wrap-up episode?

    More broadly: V. stitches back & forth between Stencil the obsessive researcher / scholar / detective and Profane the aimless schlemihl. In CoL49 and then GR, Pynchon combines those roles in Oedipa and then Tyrone. Both spend as much time following up leads (quite effectively) as they do feeling lost, bewildered and paranoid. Is there more to say about that than simply that P was stretching his wings, mastering his trade?

    Gets even more interesting (to me anyway) farther down the line, where Mason & Dixon’s temperaments are so wonderfully complementary that the friendship feels like a character in itself. And then AtD, where Webb Traverse’s four children live out four different ways to be the anarchist’s kid…

    1. Thanks, Monte. I don’t remember Frans preaching to the dodos, so I need to reread that section.

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