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The Thrill is Gone [SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW]

...73 novel Gravity’s Rainbow, a postmodernist work by the other great contemporary master of conspiracy fantasies, Thomas Pynchon, who has explored similar themes in V, The Crying of Lot 49, and Vineland (and whose latest novel, Mason & Dixon...

Directions for Use

...w York City), 97 , 160 , 162 , 167 , 187 , 188 Blood Alley , 108 . See also “The Secret Integration,” by Thomas Pynchon, Saturday Evening Post , December 12-26, 1964 The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Angel) , 120 Bluecher, Heinrich, 171 Blue S...

SPIONE (1976 review)

...rcebook and object lesson for many subsequent master plotters, from Hitchcock and Graham Greene to Rivette, Straub and Thomas Pynchon. Much as the Tower of Babel sequence in Metropolis becomes a crucial reference point for the separate paranoid unive...

“New Hollywood” and the 60s Melting Pot

...f progressively begins to dissolve and disperse, rather like the character of Tyrone Slothrop in the final sections of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow — finally achieving something close to total incoherence after “the girl” arbitrarily exit...

Other Publications

...spective at the Tate Museum in London. (I believe this was for their June 2009 issue.) I reviewed the disappointing Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice, for Slate. And I have another recent piece in Slate about some of the mystifications of DVD pa...

Chronological Indexes

Below is a list of all my earlier texts posted to this site preceding my work at the Chicago Reader – most of which can now also be found by checking the dates prior to 1987 in the right-hand column — as well as some non-Reader texts pub...

Elliott Stein (1928-2012)

I can’t remember precisely when it was that I first met Elliott in Paris, but I’m sure it was in the early 70s, and I suspect it was the late Carlos Clarens, another Cinematheque regular, who introduced us, most likely after some Palai...

Work and Play in the House of Fiction

...till also anti-paranoia, where nothing is connected to anything, a condition not many of us can bear for long. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow The organizing principle adopted by Rivette in shooting the raw material of Out 1 and Spect...

Declarations of Independents: History Lessons

...em is, I can only come up with a romantic, movie version of an English movie audience three years before I was born, a Thomas Pynchon fantasy à la Gravity’s Rainbow (whose sexy, existential London is itself very much a pungent blend of remember...

OUT 1: SPECTRE

...g at least five stories at once, gradually ties the threads together, and then proceeds to unravel them again. Much as Thomas Pynchon in Gravity’s Rainbow bears witness to mid-century paranoia by by turning imaginary plots into real ones and vice ver...

TIH-MINH, OUT 1: On the Nonreception of Two French Serials

...Blade Runner …) Out 1: Paranoia versus Antiparanoia (cf. Lang’s Mabuse films and Spione, Muriel, Not Reconciled, Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow …); The Lure of Nineteenth-Century Masterplots (Balzac, Hugo, Carroll, etc.) i...

Movie Mutations: Letters From (and To) Some Children of 1960

...vision and video (and in America, as Jonathan points out, by the demise of independently owned theaters). But as a devotee of Pynchon, Rivette, and Stapledon, Jonathan knows all about practices and rituals carried on in secret, long past the moment w...