Ninety-One: An Iced Oatmeal Cookie

05.23: Bleeding Edge

In which we finished our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge with this capstone episode looking back at the entire book.

And stayed tuned through the end, where we announce which book we’ll tackle next season!

3 thoughts on “Ninety-One: An Iced Oatmeal Cookie

  1. I think the best way to read this book would be on a city break to NY in between sightseeing. Something which, ironically, would probably get you killed in the yuppie first person shooter game.

    Apropros of another episode: I’m a Scottish listener and…you know what…I’m going to let it go….

    …for now.

  2. Passage from Pynchon’s V.: (might be relevant to the current Situation)

    He had decided long ago that no Situation had any objective reality; it only existed in the minds of those who happened to be in on it at any specific moment.

    Since these several minds tended to form a sum total or complex more mongrel than homogeneous, the Situation must necessarily appear to a single observer much like a diagram in four dimensions to an eye conditioned to seeing the world only in three.

    Hence the success or failure of any diplomatic issue must vary directly with the degree of rapport achieved by the team confronting it.

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