2 thoughts on “105: Vheissu on Your Mutha

  1. Hi, everyone. I wrote here once with the question and write again with one answer (hopefully) and one observation.

    1. When I was reading Ch.7 I was also wandering about the Evan’s gesture described as “ shook four fingers in the  air”. So I went straight to Youtube, expecting to find there plenty instructional videos with the explanationS aboy the Italian gestures. I didn’t look through all zillion of them, but in this one https://youtu.be/_8hAOxsTpVY at 1:45 the guy shows something which fits the description and the meaning of this is “slowly, slowly” or “slow down”. In the context of the scene with Evan riding the cab, it may makes sense, but I leave it for the final verdict of Paola. ))

    2. The observation is about the fabric of the history and the gatherings or folds on this fabric. Frankly I was not overly convinced with Bo’s speculation on the quantum physics analogy, which is of course my prerogative as a slow reader, and I’m sure Bo will not be overly upset with this, as it is his prerogative as a commentator. To contribute I would like to make another suggestions about this metaphor of gatherings. We may call them also “the folds”, right? Then it takes us straight to the book “Le Pli. Leibnitz et le baroque” by Gilles Deleuze. “Le pli” is French for “the fold”. The chapter 7 (coincidence!) of this book is titled “Perception in the folds” (my reversed translation from the Russian edition, don’t have a French original with me). The passage from the V. Ch.7 about the visibility scope from the bottom of the fold is very close to the Deleuze’s vision (shall we call it deluezion?). The only small hiccup in my theory is that Deleuze’s book was written well after V., in 1988. On the other hand Delueze is reprocessing the concepts of monads and differential calculus discovered by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz well before Pynchon and the latter could learn about Leibniz at Cornell.
    So apart from crests and troughs in the fabric of history, the cycles they form are as important in the Pynchon’s speculation (sinuous cycles). Which takes us straight to the Henry Adams cycles of History and for him we have a direct reference in V. Ch.3 and also plenty comments on the Intertextual cross-references to the Education of Henry Adams in Companion to V and Pynchonwiki.

    So, not only black holes and sphincter, but folds and cycles as well we can use as visual metaphors.

    Just saying. ))

    Thanks for your podcast.

    1. This is all so so interesting. Since you mentioned Deleuze, I’ll bring this to Liam’s attention and maybe we’ll bring it up on the show. Thanks!

      And thanks for listening, from Russia with…well, maybe not love, but at least a decided lack of hate. 🙂

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