Announcing Season Five!

Happy Pynchon in Public Day, everyone!

Since we finished Gravity’s Rainbow, when we would occasionally come out of the stupor that followed after spending two years on Pynchon’s most well-known – and possibly most difficult – work, people would ask us, “What’s up for next season?”

The choice of what to do next is always difficult. It’s not unlike deciding which song should start off Side B of a mix-tape. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it, and a lot of conversation. At least one seance and, obviously, consultation of the Tarot. Coin-flips and rousing games of spin-the-bottle, the books arranged in a circle and Michael over at Drunk Pynchon being the ring-leader. Sometimes there are tears, often flatulence, and we unsurprisingly lose Liam at least once during the process.

But we’ve finish, consulted our charts (we’ll all born on Slothrop’s birthday, so that makes it easier?), and now we’re ready to tell all of you.

Season Five of the Pynchon in Public Podcast will be on…BLEEDING EDGE!

When will the season begin? Well, stay posted! We’re working on getting the episodes out to you as soon as possible, but also working on bringing you the best work we can.

One quick note: After a lot of soul-searching, Chris has decided to depart the show. We wish him all the luck in the world in whatever he decides to do next. For me, personally, this is like losing the McCartney to my Lennon, even though we often plotted against each other. He is, and will be, greatly missed.

As such, your host for this new season will be me, Bo. That’s good news for those of you who tune in just for the Velvety Baritone(TM). For those of you who were hoping Chris would win and take me out, well, that might still happen. Or I might yet fall victim to a good old-fashion mass-stabbing. But for now, you’re stuck with me.

We’ll let you know when the season is about to start, so stay tuned on our social media pages. Or write via W.A.S.T.E.

Thanks, as always, for listening.

22 thoughts on “Announcing Season Five!

  1. didn’t you guys already do BE? is this going to be a reassessment of a work previously deemed as Pynchon Lite?
    I’m struggling with it now, trying to avoid discarding it to the Lite dustbin and seeing something beyond the jokey references. I really hope you guys found something deeper here that I feel I’m missing

    1. We did talk about Bleeding Edge, Tom. Episodes One and Two cover it. But we didn’t do an in-depth discussion and only talked about it because it’d just come out. We’d always planned to come back to it.

      I hope we can unearth some value in it for you. The group is a little divided on it, honestly. But maybe when the episodes start posting, you’ll find a reason to hang on to it.

  2. I’m so happy!

    Just two requests:
    1) Could you buy that one guy with the terrible audio quality a headset? I’d even chip in via PayPal 😀
    2) Could you decide on one certain edition so that you can refer to pages and lines etc.? It will be easier to follow that way

    A lot of hype from Germany

    1. We appreciate your enthusiasm!

      It’s difficult, given the nature of what we do, to require people to have a certain quality of gear. And given that our panelists come from all over the globe, it’s also difficult to require certain editions. This one should be easier, since there just aren’t as many editions of this book. I do apologize for the difficulty this creates, but since we make zero money from this, it’s just not practical.

      Also: Dankeschön!

  3. Interesting news. Maybe I can get in on this one from the beginning. I have fewer than 100 pages of GR to go! I do have one serious request for new episodes – although I agree that Bo has a mellifluous baritone, I simply cannot hear it without struggling. I’m listening to the podcast, hearing every word with no problem…and then Bo starts to speak and I have to move closer to the speaker or re-wind or just try to get the gist of what Bo is saying. Which can be tiring if he is speaking in paragraphs.
    Please move closer to the microphone and speak up.
    Thank you and thanks for the podcast!

    1. Randy,

      The issue with my volume on these eps has been fixed for the next season. At some point, I’ll rework the files for GR to fix them, but that’ll take some time.

      Thanks for listening!

  4. Great news, i am almost done with Gravity’s rainbow and find the reading guide really helpfull. Looking forward to re-reading Bleeding Edge with your clarifications and funny banter. Thanks to Chris for being a part of the show, he will be missed !

    Greetings From the Netherlands

  5. Glad you’re coming back. I was so certain I had heard somewhere that Against the Day was coming next.

    Anyway, who cares. Any Pynchon discussion is good. I do hope to participate again this time (I was on the first Leni/Pokler Chapter discussion in 2015).


  6. Rereading Bleeding Edge on vacation.
    Feels like The Crying of Lot 49th & Broadway.

    First time I’ve actually read the book in hardcover.
    Last time I listened to the audiobook, Jeannie Berlin narrating.
    She was the hapless, sunburned bride in The Heartbreak Kid that
    Charles Grodin abandoned on their honeymoon to pursue the young Cybill Shepherd.

    Looking up obscure references on
    Hope our listeners will update with the more abstruse ones the editors missed.

  7. Just about finished with BE.

    For insight on Windust, take a look at Confessions of an Economic Hitman (2004). P might have used it as a source.

    Author joins the IntlMonetaryFund expecting to dig village wells and such, end up a bagman, ensuring that villagers stay poor, generals get their skim and the Lion’s share of third-world monies go to the appropriate accounts.

  8. Chris’ voice of perhaps sane reasoning will be missed. Looking forward to the next stuff guys. I hope I will be able to follow along with you all instead of catching up slowly with your GR shows, which I have yet to complete (in my 4th or 5th reading). Cheers.

  9. MASON AND DIXON, PIP, MASON AND DIXON!!! It’s relevant, it has loud Americans and wigs (and Whigs), revolution is in the hair, fake news abounds…
    It’s not too late. Keep up the honest work.

    1. Thanks for listening, Osbie, and for your enthusiasm for Mason and Dixon. We’ll get to it, I promise. But after the long-haul of GR, we need a shorter book. So Bleeding Edge it is. After that…only the Shadow knows.

  10. Ello! So we’re all waiting excitedly for the new season, and since it’s been a while since the announcement, how’s it going? Do you have any guess for when you’ll start releasing the episodes? As always, keep up the great work

    1. Thanks for listening, Victor. We’d planned for the new eps to be out alright, but I had a family emergency and needed a little time off. I’m hoping to begin posting the new season within six weeks.

    1. I was aware that Spotify now allows for such a thing, but I haven’t had time to look at what’s all involved in setting it up. So…maybe? I just haven’t gotten around to it.

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