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Ly lucid and majestically heartbreaking legia for the arly age of the Internet and the pre 911 world Filled to the brim with action humor pop culture references and most importantly with clever honest disinterested reflections on the world we re all inhabiting since about 14 years The most clever book on what the Internet means I have yet read never too cynical never too naiveAnd that doesn t ven take into account that this is mainly well also about 911 and handles that topic too as cleverly Okay here s what I think women need to read this book Looking over the reviews I note that most are from men who have read Come Away with Me everything Pynchon has written I hadn t read anything by him no notven Gravity s Rainbow and I thought the time was right for me to begin He is considered a writer of great stature and I couldn t remember why I ignored him This is a valentine to women Even the title refers to women in all its interpretations The bloody dge of a knife held against the neck of the forces that will subjugate us the monthly bleeding forward dge of an insurgency resistant to control the bleeding heart of a mother s love for her children and the fury that unleashes itself when they are threatened This story is about cool mostly calculating sometimes resistance against the machine And it is so funny I found myself shaking with laughter about three uarters of the way through His humor is cumulative At some point you have to crack a smile snort at a joke choke out a guffaw I also didn t know Pynchon was reclusive My first thought that came to mind when learning this was that he doesn t like the rest of us very much and can t stand to interact But that doesn t appear to be the case from reading this book Don t think for a moment that because he is not in view we are not in view He is relentless in his observation prodding and measuring our postures and attitudes He apes us cans us for future use Now I know why he insists on anonymity the better to catch us at our unconscious most bestBut he likes us He is gentle with his characters and the characters are us Except Gabriel Ice Pynchon is not nice to Ice the cold industrialist who will collaborate with the forces of The Young Elites (The Young Elites, evil to achieve power at any cost to others There is a thick vein of paranoia pushing the narrative forward paranoia s the garlic in life s kitchenyou can never havenough Pynchon is described in articles about him as an incomparable mimic and in this latest novel he captures the speech attitudes and manners of a Jewish mother in 2001 New York prescisely though perhaps with wit and humor than we usually njoy there This is a man who mines deeply what he ncounters in his Sands of the Scorpion experienceThe first 85 pages or so may have been deliberately obscure to keep out day trippers perhaps but starting any book is complicated and this has lots of characters to introduce including the Deep Web We all get lost there the first time in He tells us to hold on It s all right the dialogue boxes assure her it s part of thexperience part of getting constructively lost After this point he becomes positively lucid He helps us along by including a woman for those of us whose Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, eyes glaze over without a woman in the story In fact he makes her the lead Maxine She is a fraud investigator who s had her license revoked leaving her free to use slightly less than perfectly straight methods to find out about her clients and the objects of their scrutiny She can also pack a Beretta I told you forensic accounting was hot check out the Ava Lee series by Ian HamiltonMaxine is a mother first and last wife and skeptic with antennae for a scam Shenjoys a wide circle of dubious contacts on the margins and has an rotic liaison with an ambiguous hosiery shredding King Lud Windust a government double agent In the post internet boom of the nineties one firm hashslingrz the brainchild of Gabriel Ice has come on her radar This feast of symbols has a larger message that is not too difficult to understand but mostly it is just a fun ride Not having ncountered pynchon before gave me an advantage perhaps i before gave me an advantage perhaps I didn t think he was difficult than others I have read Bola o for one Pamuk for another And he is a lot funnier I did find myself wondering who is this guyLittle is known of Pynchon the man but a few souls have attempted to share what they ve found out including a 2013 vulturecom article by Boris Kachka For much of his life he would flee crowds and cities dipping a toe into cultures and communities and then leaving and skewering them in turn So this is what I ve been able to glean about him from reading the book he watches a lot of movies he listens to music he has a wide circle of friends who preserve his deliberate inconspicuousness He listens He observes But does he read Voraciously Everything But does he read novels Recent novels I think he does I trust he does I like to think Pynchon has a measure of stability and pleasure in his home life now Bleeding Edge doesn t have the The Eightfold Path for the Householder emptiness and alienation I associate with someone who is completely outside the life the rest of usnjoy He is one of usI wish him well Good vibes coming your wayThe following writings will help immeasurably with your understanding of the novel For a writer Pynchon has a remarkably small body of published work but he is consistentPynchon on SlothPynchon Review of Love in the Time of Cholera Is it OK to be a Luddite The only other thing I would add which I did not mention before is that Pynchon is suggesting that the surface web has devolved into crass commercialism and rubbish burying the promise of an unleashing of creativity and knowledge sharing that was so vident at its inception This has been noted by Jaron Lanier in his book Who Owns the Future and continues to rankle those who had a large part in shaping our xperience to date We need to be paranoid about who is monitoring and monetizing our data Pynchon says Yep And well he goes furtherthat old radical There ve been a few novels written about the 11th September 2001 attacks DeLillo s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close come to mind and most of them try to induce not unreasonably a visceral and immediate reaction to the tragedy Pynchon has written about atrocities and tragedies before most recently in Against the Day but what s striking about Bleeding Edge is how determined Pynchon is to avoid talking about 911 in anything like the same terms After huge amounts of foreshadowing the Plancton - Aux origines du vivant. event itself is thrown away almost in passing two thirds of the way through the novel a remote occurrence that comes mediated through strangers and TVMaxine heads for work puts her head in a local smoke shop to grab a newspaper and findsverybody freaking out and depressed at the same time Something bad is going on downtown A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center according to the Indian guy behind the counter What like a private plane A commercial jet Uh oh Maxine goes home and pops on CNNWhat follows is a lengthy How to Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed: The No Bs Guide for Men examination not of thevent itself which is merely the pretext for a lot of conspiracy theoretic playfulness but rather of how people reacted to it Pynchon sounds angry about it angrier than I can remember him sounding for a long time Typically he hones right in on the vocabulary objecting in particular to Ground Zero a Cold War term taken from the scenarios of nuclear war so popular in the Two-Hour Party Cakes early sixties This was nowhere near a Soviet nuclear strike on downtown Manhattan yet those who repeat Ground Zero over and over do so without shame or concern fortymology The purpose is to get people cranked up in a certain way Cranked up scared and helplessAh the purpose As with many of his books it s never clear whose purpose Peter exactly we re talking about but there is a strong sense that there s one out there Something to do with keepingveryone staring a strong sense that there s one out there Something to do with keeping veryone staring the replaying images on the news channels US citizens reduced to a viewing population brought back to its default state dumbstruck undefended scared shitless Can t you feel it one character asks how verybody s regressing 11 September infantilized this country It had a chance to grow up instead it chose to default back to childhood This sense of opportunity wasted runs throughout the book The other opportunity under Bids, Tenders and Proposals: Winning Business Through Best Practice (Bids, Tenders Proposals: Winning Business Through Best) examination is the internet The book is set in large part among thearly 2000s geek culture and there is a feeling of almost limitless potential that s about to be Leading Cultural Change: The Theory and Practice of Successful Organizational Transformation exploited or suandered One pair of programmers has developed an interface for trawling the deep web a version of the deep web that I don t thinkver xisted and their software is being pursued aggressively by ultracapitalists and national governments they re facing thesame old classic dotcom dilemma be rich forever or make a tarball out of it and post it around for free and keep their cred and maybe self steem as geeks but stay or less middle incomeThe internet for Pynchon is a way of transcending the constraints of reality characters can log on and have conversations with people who seem already to be dead victims of 911 victims of secret governmental machinations whateveran online version of the much misunderstood thanatoids from Vineland The web offers a vision of the almost spiritual interconnectedness of humanity it s a small part of a much vaster integrated continuum And yet at the same time this is somehow thematically tied to the twin towers so that when they come down the possibilities of this new medium also seem increasingly to be built on very shaky groundAnd all of this is told in Pynchon s characteristically sly amused polymathic stoned incisive American narrative voice which fascinates me as much as it ver did He writes dialogue like no one on arth having spent the last few books doing away with such irritating formalities as he said she replied Die Neurobiologie des Glücks: Wie die Positive Psychologie die Medizin verändert (German Edition) etc he now relays lines of speech with no finite verbs at all merely leaving you with a few present participles like the stage directions to a radio play So some presentable young lady spreading her upturned palms warm and friendly here right And after the stories we heard Lucas nodding gazing amiably at her titsAnd this techniue writ large is how he works at the level of paragraph and novel as well He no longer does the boring necessities he s found a way to jump straight from incident to incident Keyvents or Meditieren mit Musik und Klngen: Inspiration Nada Yoga explanations arrive smilingly without reason characters bump intoach other simply because it is now necessary that they meet It seems accidental we are now necessary that they meet It seems accidental we are at one point but there may be no accidents any the Patriot Act may have outlawed them along with MasterCases in Spine Surgery everythinglse He still believes as strongly as Physik fr Mediziner ever in the power of triviality and jokes which is one of the reasons I m able to take him so seriously In this book we have comments about a woman on the side stashed in London he s playing FTSE with cute a strip club called Joie de Beavre and a long description of a Scooby Doo cartoon set in Colombia which concludes with the line and I would ve gotten away with it too if it hadn t been for those Medell n kids His longcstatic flights of descriptive fantasy are fewer here than in some Keepers Compendium earlier books but he still puts phrases together perfectly when he needs to Here s the last ?lgido de la burbuja tecnológica pero lo ue noscasean son timadores ue pretenden arramblar con algún trozo de los restos del pastel En The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] ese Nueva York la joven Maxine Tarnow tiene una peueña agencia de investigación de delitosconómicos y se dedica a perseguir a RckenYoga: Die DVD estafadores de poca monta Maxine investiga las finanzas de unampresa de seguridad informática y a su consejero delegado pe. ,
Real ish Review Dwell upon our memories but there are no factsMental note to self next time you read a book but you can t post a review for a couple of months why don t you try writing the fucking review soon after you read the book and not wait till the day before the book is to be published Just a thought stupid Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver attributed to GoeringThe re occurrence of this line in the book for some reason sums up the book for me I m not sure what that says about the book though But Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen every time I think of the book this what I think Maxine reached for her revolverTwo months and change I ve had to write this review I just haven t been able to do it Oh yeah I m supposed to mention that I got this book for free fromither Netgalley the publisher author or through some other way that I get books to read before they are published Apparently it s a federal law to mention this for reals and not just a cheap reason to float the shit out of my reviews I haven t been given any monies nor have I been coerced in anyway to write the review you just read HuzzahExcept for my screaming teen novelty review of Gravity s Rainbow I ve never reviewed Pynchon before I ve only grudgingly Psychologische Homöopathie. ever reviewed DFW before It was a dare I wouldn t have written about Infinite Jest otherwiseI don t like to write reviews for my favorites Fuck yous are so muchasier Song number one is not a fuck you song we ll save that that thought for later on You want to know if there s something wrong You want to know what it all means It s nothingWhere to startFirst this is minor Pynchon I m The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you expecting that there is never going to be another major Pynchon novel I hope that I m wrong but this is the Pynchon who gave us Vineland and Inherent Vice It s not the Gravity s Rainbow Against the Day Pynchon Not that they are really separate people or that there is a massive difference in uality between the two but there is something un massive about some of his works This is one of those booksI kind of like them when they feel allncompassing In a way I d best sum up this book as a accessible version of Crying of Lot 49 one written by an older writer who no longer feels the need to confuse and obscure at almost Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain every turn It s got the same sort of female protagonist She is caught up in the churning ofvents outside of her immediate control She is sometimes just floating through the R High Performance Programming events taking place than actively controlling her own destiny but in Pynchon s world is anyone really in control While the work is straight forward than some of his other books it s still filled with the slap stick absurdity paranoia conspiracies and screw ball characters that categorize Pynchon s work or at least to me It s got all the good stuff and a style of writing that will undoubtedly piss off that person at the New York Times Second this is aarly 2000 s novel of New York City You know dot come bubble burst and collapsing buildings Do you think there is room for some conspiracy riffing in those vents Third are you looking to see Pynchon really skewer the internet Maybe you ll read the book differently than me but that skewering doesn t happen It s shitty and it s good It s filled with villains and people futility trying to do good and create spaces outside of commerce It s got Utopian dreams and unrelenting greed But mostly it s just a bleeding dge technology being created without the realization of what the technology can or will actually be used for I guess one could say that the interwebs are sort of the rockets in this book a technology Scala for Java Developers everyone is scrambling around and which will ultimately change the world but is it the technology itself or just human nature that is really at play here Just to sayvil Islamics did it that s so lame and we know it We see those official close ups on the screen The shifty liar s look the twelve stepper s gleam in the The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur eye One look at these faces and we know they re guilty of the worst crimes we can imagine But who s in any hurry to imagine To make the awful connection Any than Germans were back in 1933 when Nazis torched Reichstag within a month of Hitler becoming chancellor Which of course is not to suggest that Bush and his people have actually gone out and staged thevents of 11 September It would take a mind hopelessly diseased with paranoia indeed a screamingly anti American nutcase Vermeer to Eternity even to allow to cross her mind the possibility that that terrible day would have deliberately beenngineered as a pretext to impose some Heaven to Betsy endless Orwellian war and themergency decrees we will soon be living under Nah nah perish that thought But there s still always the other thing Our yearning Our deep need for it to be true Somewhere down at some shameful dark recess of the national soul we need to feel betrayed So B. It even guilty As if it was us who created Bush and his gang Cheney and Rove and Rumsfeld and Feith and the rest of them we who called down the sacred lightning of democracy and then the fascist majority on the Supreme Court threw the switches and Bush rose from the slab and began his rampage And whatever happened then is on our ticketThe word zeitgeist may make you reach for your own revolver but that s what this novel has succeeded in capturing It s uite successful at capturing New York in thearly oughts The novel feels like the New York I first moved to Maybe it s that Pynchon captures so many minor and fairly inconseuential details of the city that makes his feel like a success It felt like Pynchon had been walking among us back then that it s uite possible he was that weird old guy who was also at some dive bar that had some Minor Threat blasting out of a Jukebox or passing through neighborhoods that still stand but no longer have any of the same feelings about them Trudging down that awful hallway that connects Times Suare with Port Authority telling you to abandon all hope I think of the media shy Pynchon as someone apart from the world like Saligner hiding in his New Hampshire cabin but he was really a guy living on the Upper West Side who walked his kids to school and apparently also did a lot of other things in the city When people don t know what you look like you can be the most reclusive media shy writer in the world and never have to lock yourself indoors Cabaret except when you get ambushed walking your kid to school one day Windust seem to think it s a date he is done up otherwise inexplicably in somebody s idea of hipster gear jeans vintage sharkskin sport coat Purple Drank T shirtnough dress code violations to get him thrown off the L trainI feel like I should be giving thoughts instead of just some vague and general impressions but my shitty mind has nothing to analyze Nothing to offer as criticism Nothing but faint memories of the book it s pitiful how uickly my wind cleans itself of so many details On some obscenely hot and humid July afternoon I should have jotted something down and given a review that would have said but ven then I couldn t think of what to really say about this novel It wasn t just laziness I njoy Pychon I guess it can make me feel smart but I mostly just get a pure njoyment out of his books I njoy the dumb humor and the crazy conspiracies The paranoia The wonderfully bizarre characters I m sure other people will write much much much better reviews talking about how he succeeded or failed with the brainy stuff For many people Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice especially in New York laughing is a way of being loud without having to say anythingWhat was here before the book was releasedFuck yeah I have the best best friendverReal Review coming 91713 Me and Tome I have a reputation on goodreads for being hyper intelligent indulging in reading difficult novels It s a reputation I like to nurture It s been many years of failure in factBack in college daze I was at the check out desk of smuckerjamjelly library and this friend of mine comes in fresh out of one of his Englishmajor classes This is one those rare birds on college campuses an intellectual who actually gave a damn about getting an En plein coeur education beyond mere jobtraining He came up to me all thumbs up saying Pynchon is where it s at That was a strongnough argument and I ve been failing to read Pynchon for many years now Well I mean right up to 2009 when I read Inherent ViceIn short order I gather d together V Lot 49 and gravity s rainbow courtesy of one of those use d bookshops I hung out at hipster Lot 49 I read twice and didn t see too much to make a fuss about I read V with what I recall from today s pointofview as zero understanding The Bookshop on the Shore except the nose job chapter and at least once reading it at dipco with a couple rounds of sam adams at the bar looking like a real Pynchon hipster before I used the word hipster like this in a self deprecating manner Well whatever the hell that was I mean V I still have that same Bantamdition A few short years later I believe following on the heels of reading IJ I started into gravity s rainbow and said Ah Yes I get it This is fantastic and I have no idea what s going on But so I only got about 23 through what is today simply call d GR due to some non literary distractions Still haven t gotten back to itMeanwhile Mason and Dixon was published and I got one of those hotoffthepresses Dance Real Slow exemplaren Over the course of several highly distractive months I read the words on its pages I recall a few nice things like presidents getting high big rounds of cheese a mechanical duck snowballs chance in hell of me understanding it But anyway Iven bought a copy for a friend of mine who taught English or was it History Anyways total failure Then I bought a copy of Against the Day also hot off the presses In fact it may have been my first PREorder I order d it before I order d it It sat beautifully on my dresser for approximately three years meanwhile somewhere along the line I placed one of those ubiuitous used copies of Vineland and probably Slow Learner on my shelf Preorder d Inherent Vice in and probably Slow Learner on my shelf Preorder d Inherent Vice in received it in the Post read it and Pynchonianshape d light bulbs began to light up in my meager brain I GET IT NOW I sail d through Against the Day at speeds airships can only fantasize about I dove uickly into Vineland thankful that I hadn t read it in 1990 with all the other post GR Disappoint d I was a slow learner but I read that one too I mean by this time of course I was well and deep into Encyclopedic Novel Territory ENT space having The Art of Memoir enter d via IJ SotWeed and The Don of uixote Now here I stood looking forward to what I ve come to think of as Type II PYNCHON Lot 49 Vineland IV Those PynchonLite volumes What I want d from Bleeding Edge was some of that Lite Tome That s what it is And I m a Pynchon FANBOY So whatever I ll read it I read it Here I am See I m a DFW FANBOY too And but I ve move d on see I ll readverything that says DFW but mostly I ve moved onto fanning other flames With Tome too I ve moved on but in the case of Tome I ve move d on by moving backwards 2014 I need to retrace my steps from V through GR to MD to make up for that failure I mention d up there above Read Bleeding Edge don t be disappoint d take the ride with Maxine It s still Tome And something about the world feels different today 1 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 amazing. Estamos The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life en Nueva Yorkn 2001 durante l periodo de calma ue transcurrió ntre l desmoronamiento del boom de las puntocom y los terribles sucesos del 11 de Septiembre Silicon Alley s una ciudad fantasma la web 10 PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition están plena Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography edad del pavo Google todavía no ha salido a Bolsa y a Microsoft aún se la consideral Imperio del Mal Es posible ue ya no corra tanto dinero como The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enl momento Escription we have of one characterHe s silent wherever he is By now one American sheep the shepherds have temporarily lost track of somewhere in the high country above this ruinous hour cragfast in the stormElsewhere attention focuses in on the sky which is very typical of Pynchon the threat in his books is always ither somewhere above you or deep below your feet The sky here takes on a brushed aluminum underglow and later it s a pale battle flag of the ancient nation of winter I love that Near the nd our heroine notices clouds moving across a smear of light maybe the sun maybe something lse which is precisely the sort of minatory vagueness that Pynchon has made all his own There is a paragraph along similar lines in Against the Day and for that matter in this context one can t help also thinking of the famous opening line to Gravity s RainbowHow does he do it There are lines in his books I read over and over and I still have the feeling that the sense can t be reduced to the words on the page And this may be the last book we get from him he was 76 when it came out half a century since the publication of V You don t xpect people in their mid seventies to be writing about to pick an The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl example from this book almost at random a couple dressing up for Hallowen respectively as a NAND gate and Aki Ross from the Final Fantasy movie Bleeding Edge does include one para that s as good a summary of Pynchon s general philosophy as any No matter how the official narrative of this turns out it seemed to Heidi these are the places we should be looking not in newspapers or television but at the margins graffiti uncontrolled utterances bad dreamers who sleep in public and scream in their sleep What he s been bringing us for fifty years And still showing people a third of his age how it should be done Culture attracts the worst impulses of the moneyed it has no honor it begs to be suburbanized and corrupted Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge REAL GEEKS USE COMMAND PROMPTS Pynchon could write the linear notes to an obscure hipster band and I would track that CD down and read it At one level there is a certain amount of potential sulfuric fizzle genius that you can definitely smell but in this novel never uite Exile and Pilgrim explodes getsxpelled Pynchon is tracing and mapping the same subterranean ground he has fixated on from the very beginning technology paranoia humor dark ntropy tc it is all here It just isn t masterpiece level It surfs at the same literary shelf as Inherent Vice and Vineland A 4 star VG PoMo novel sure sure just not a Gravity s Rainbow a Mason and Dixon or an Against the Day Another challenge Pynchon is facing is the world and its interwebs have just grabbed his schtick with both invisible hands and apparently most of us in meat world just don t give a flying purple Leonhart Fuchs that there is nowhere left to hide My own private Idaho mother is now slowly feeding info into Pinterest s and FB s databases my brother and father I recently read are both in a heavily redacted FBI file dealing with Michael Hastings and I m writing reviews on Goodreads and Audible read AMZN all your reviews are belong to us cross posting it on FBTwitter Hannah Montana: The Movie etc and helping the overlords of Zuckerberg Bezost al make their next few Billion Maybe one day like an oversexed Oneida Community this complexity will all get worked out in the nd Maybe with Jesus 20 s help one day we will join hands to feed the world s hungry with than bytes but like Pynchon I m not going to hold my breath for that WTF moment The first thing to know about Pynchon books is that they fall into two pretty distinct categories with Gravity s Rainbow and Against the Day on one side the side of sprawling pic of insane depth of characterization and range of setting these are books that you don t really read you just dive on into in all their jagged crazy bottomless mystery I once said that reading Against the Day was less like reading a book than reading a chunk of a river and I stand by thatThen on the other side you have the wacky capers of Vineland Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge I suppose these books are ually immersive ually replete with paranoia and feverish rambling and myriad in and out characters and unexpected song breaks and punning turned into high art this one has a titty bar called Joie de Beavre to give just one shining xample But while his historical pics flout all traditional novelistic conventions by blowing them completely on their ass the modernist novels do it in a different way one mostly of caricaturization The characters are cartoony the hijinks are bananas the twists and dips and feints are piled so helter skelter that it s generally impossible to have any real idea what s going on let alone where it s all headed Also they re so slangy which is always such a shock from Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts erudite genius Pynchon he uses spoze for suppose rilly for really sez for says that sort of super casual conversational thing Rilly it s all broken phrasing and grammatically incomprehensible sleights of hand a copyeditor s nightmare I can only imagine Also unexpected so much pop culture minutia from 80s fashion accessories to obscure Norwegian death metal bands to a t shirt reading ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US which now that I think of it is actually an anachronism since this book takes place in 2001 Jk not an anachronism I have been summarily corrected Anyway What is actually in this book you ask Well for once the back cover blurb is pretty well done if you want to go ahead and read that It s like historical fiction but set in 2001 starring sexy Maxine mother of two and bad ass uasi legit fraud investigator She starts looking into some small financial thing with a hot shit web property which is really a string that leads her into a gigantic tangled ball of lies and deceptions and insider trading and money laundering and dotcom craziness and maybe down into Hell itself sort of There s a plethora of bonkers characters along the way like a Russianx gulag rapper duo a foot fetishist hacker a tween krav maga xpert a surfer acupuncturist a Buddhist kids videogame designer who accidentally maybe creates a parallel universe Furbys with tracking devices under their fur the Journal of Memespace Cartography a haunted hotel pool and on and on and onAnother way of looking at this book and another way that Pynchon seriously could not give a shit about the way a novel is supposed to be constructed is that it s a nearly unending string of deus x machina things and people constantly just happening to appear on the scene at the xact moment they re needed Like at one point our heroine is stumped about a crime investigation having already been on the scene and uncovered absolutely at one point our heroine is stumped about a crime investigation having already been on the scene and uncovered absolutely and she s got an appointment with her acupuncturist who is late and it just so happens that the sexy stranger in the waiting room with her is a professional nose so of course through a series of clever subterfuges she sneaks him over to the crime scene and he recognizes the lingering whiff of an obsolete cologne in the air which gets her that much closer to figuring out whodunit The whole book is like this In a random bar bathroom in the caf at her new gym wandering around lost on the Upper West Side at a slinky dotcom party verywhere she happens to go why wouldn t you know it There s just the person she needed to see There s The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) even a character whose job is literally a secret delivery man you never call him but when he shows up at your door he s carryingxactly the bootleg VHS tape or the secret dossier or the ncrypted flash drive that holds the very information you so desperately need So yeah it s all kind of strange With these Pynchons it s always a wild ride a fun but very intense disbelief suspension a wonky weird ass spin through a thickety overgrown maze world Which I like but don t xactly love not all the time anywayExcept that his language his language his language oh my god It is so bizarre and brilliant and weirdly beautiful sometimes that it literally stops me in my tracks I ll just be toodling along the pages half attentioned in the midst of some strange gathering peopled with characters I only semi remember who are talking about things I only sort of understand words flowing by beneath my The Time of the Hunters Moon eyes to the point where I m mostly only noticing the rhythm lost and lost in hisndless twists and feints and then will come these passages that just slam through and make me gasp with joy or rearrange my thinking in such a profound way that I don t know how I Vegas Vacation (Destination: Desire, even was beforeHere s a paragraph for you and if you don t react to it with a literal tingling in your fingertips and thends of your hair just please shut up and don t tell me about it Sometimes down in the subway a train Maxine s riding on will slowly be overtaken by a local or an xpress on the other track and in the darkness of the tunnel as the windows of the other train move slowly past the lighted panels appear one by one like a series of fortune telling cards being dealt and slid in front of her The Scholar The Unhoused The Warrior Thief The Haunted Woman After a while Maxine has come to understand that the faces framed in these panels are precisely those out of all the city millions she must are precisely those out of all the city millions she must the hour be paying most attention to in particular those whose yes actually meet her own they are the day s messengers from whatever the Beyond has for a Third World where the days are assembled one by one under non union conditions Each messenger carrying the props reuired for their character shopping bags books musical instruments arrived here out of darkness bound again into darkness with only a minute to deliver the intelligence Maxine needs At some point naturally she begins to wonder if she might not be performing the same role for some face looking back out another window at herThank you Tom you marvelous mad genius May I never look at a subway ride the same way again Along with Yellow Dog this gets my vote for the worst novel ver written by an author capable of genius in his prime A characteristic it shares with Yellow Dog is that there s a sense the author is refusing to grow up that he s still straining to be cool like some middle class teenager strewing his speech with street patois I m baffled how anyone managed to find the motional Stepdog engagement to actually remember who thendless cacophony of stupidly named characters Another Way Home entering intoach and very chapter were Not one of whom was ven vaguely recognisable as a real human being Every page is a garbage lot of acronyms advertising and internet jargon American media figures who no one outside the US will have heard of The plot is freuently interrupted for Bleeding Edge begins after the dotcom crash and takes us through to a few months after the vents of September 11 It i Mitch Hedberg Memorial Joke IntroductionI used to love Thomas Pynchon I still do but I used to tooAll Your Book Are Belong to Us Bleeding Edge is Thomas Pynchon s bid to scape the Falsche Freunde of American Post modernismIn it he determinedly Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) embraces plot as a framework within which to create a fiction of his own not for him submission to the tiresomely insistent demands of those wised up urban know it alls who intermittently praise his work when it ap. Ro las cosas se complican No tardan verse metida Antarctica en líos con un camellon una lancha motora art déco un perfumista profesional obsesionado con la loción para Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America el afeitado de Hitler un matón neoliberal con problemas de calzado «elementos» de la mafia rusa y varios blogueros hackers programadores ymprendedores algunos de los cuales mpiezan a aparecer muertos n xtrañas circunstanci.

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