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Pynchon’s Prayer

...Engels, The German Ideology (1845-46) A good many newspapers and magazines have accompanied their reviews of Vineland, Thomas Pynchon’s fourth novel, with the same 37-year-old photograph of the author grinning goofily from his high school yearb...

Pynchon on the Beach

My review of Thomas Pynchon’s lamentable Inherent Vice, for Slate (August 3, 2009). Much less lamentable — actually quite good in spots — is Pynchon’s more recent Bleeding Edge, which I prefer to everything of his since Vineland. But even mor...

Pynchon’s Tangle

This review originally appeared in the July 14, 1997 issue of In These Times. — J.R.   Pynchon’s Tangle Mason & Dixon By Thomas Pynchon Henry Holt 773 pp. $27.50 It’s always been one of the paradoxes of Thomas Pynchon’s fiction tha...

Around the World in 1,085 Pages

From the Chicago Reader (December 1, 2006). — J.R. Against the Day | Thomas Pynchon (Penguin Press) Thomas Pynchon’s 1,085-page Against the Day does a lot of things. Some it does well, some it does badly — and some are impossible...

A book review by Jon Rosenbaum (THE CRYING OF LOT 49)

  In anticipation of my review of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice that will appear in Slate on August 3, here is the first review I ever wrote of a Pynchon novel, published in my college newspaper and signed “Jon Rosenbaum”. In fact...

Thomas Pynchon: A Journey Into The Mind Of P.

From the Chicago Reader (October 6, 2006). — J.R. Pynchon freaks can be divided into two categories: those fascinated by his work, who respect his wish to be known through it, and those fascinated by his life, who see his writing as an illust...

Reading: The (Remote) Glass House That Jerry Built (1988)

...a film reviewer, so any attempt to write about books for them was discouraged. I did make a point of reviewing two of Thomas Pynchon’s late novels for them ( Vineland and Against the Day ) –- having previously reviewed Gravity’s Rainbow for the...

In defense of spoilers (2006 Reader blog post)

...s been driving me batty lately. It isn’t only among moviegoers; many fiction readers are equally afflicted. Visiting a Thomas Pynchon chat room lately in conjunction with a recent prepublication reading of Against the Day, I find other Pynchon freaks...

On Books and Literary Matters (an index of sorts)

...ICANS (C i neaste, Fall 2006) Review of Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (Stop Smiling, 2006) Review of Pynchon’s AGAINST THE DAY (Chicago Reader, December 1, 2006) Review of WALT DISNEY: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION...

A Master Index To This Site (as of October 1, 2012)

...ogy Arabian Knight Are We Having Fun Yet? Are We Not Sick? [on SAFE] Aria Army of Shadows Around the World in 1,085 Pages (on Pynchon’s AGAINST THE DAY) Arresting Images [THE BLOODY CHILD] Arsenal Art Film by Numbers [THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS W...