Seventy-Four: Sorry, John Denver

05.06: Bleeding Edge

In which we talk though chapters 14 and 15 of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.

There is some discussion of the third ballet position. Here’s an image of it.

Aug refers to a story on vinalon in Reuters. You can have a read here.

And it turns out that Red Herring magazine is real.

3 thoughts on “Seventy-Four: Sorry, John Denver

  1. I’m just catching up on #74, where you’re coming to grips with IMO the central theme of BE — real estate and unreal estate {i.e. digital, virtual, “mindshare” space.) DeepArcher and Deep/Dark Web activity are BE’s counterpart of the Zone in GR, of the colonial America in M&D, of the railroad/electricity/aviation world in AtD: spaces of possibility that are being sold off, commoditized, monetized.

    Agreed about the book as “love letter to NYC,” but the running around neighborhoods and businesses and their secret connections is also more than local color: nearly all of it ties back into that grand theme of They-systems and We-Systems vying to impose themselves on new territory, whether geographic or virtual. As an East Coast guy, Pynchon’s California in other books was to me almost as much a “set” as London 1944 — but as a resident of NYC in 1960-1991, and a nearby suburb 1991-2001 (when I was still in the city weekly meeting with clients at Silicon Alley startups), I can attest that he *nails* an awful lot of sharply observed physical and social detail… and repeatedly ties it back to “Whose turf has this been / is it / will it be?”

  2. It’d be cool if you had some biographical information about the regular panelists somewhere on the website, or at least for context, what Pynchon books they’ve each read. Just something I’m always curious about when I’m listening. I’m making my way slowly through your back catalog up to the newest episode on my morning and afternoon commutes, and I love it. Can’t wait to get caught up and maybe do a reread along with one of your seasons. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for listening, Artie. We used to have bios for everyone, but until recently we usually had a rotating panel. It was difficult to discern who should have a bio. Now that we have more regular panelists, we could probably bring that back. Thanks for mentioning it!

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