Hereby instigating an annual May 8th culture jamming festival to be herein evidenced by photographic, textual, cartographic and video documentation. To prove it really happened, that our world was not projected.
Post horns, W.A.S.T.E. insignia, the novels of Thomas Pynchon read unashamedly on trains, while still sub rosa.
It is simple, it is inevitable, it has begun.
The first event was on 8th May 2011, co-organised by Dr Martin Eve and ‘John Dee’. The first event had a modest response but the subsequent years have had increased participation worlwide. See ‘Evidence’ for photos from 2013 and previous events.
The 2014 event is now being planned. Ideas for activities and meetings are welcome/ For more information and discussion, please see:
Twitter: @Pynchoninpublic with hashtag #Pynchon2014.
Facebook: Coming soon!
Suggestions for the day itself:
1) Reading books, in public, by or about Thomas Pynchon.
2) Reading work of his ‘heirs’, such as David Foster Wallace, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson and Dave Eggers.
3) Reading work of authors who have cited Pynchon as an influence. These include: Don DeLillo, Ian Rankin, William Gibson, Alan Moore, Bruce Sterling and David Cronenberg.
5) Organising a local version of the W.A.S.T.E. postal network, as described in ‘The Crying of Lot 49′. See www.plot49.com and Silent Tristero’s Alternate Mail Project for some UK local examples.
7) Organise a ‘Philately Gone Wild’ club night. Patrons could come dressed as their favourite Pynchon character, covered in mute post horn symbols in body paint or Weimar era cabaret stars.
8) Launching model V-2 rockets in an appropriate safe open area.
14) Adopt a Pynchon character’s name for the day.
15) Promiscuous posting of the Muted post horn – Start using the muted post horn symbol as often as you can. Ideas include: business cards, stickers, button badges, real or temporary tattoos, notes in newsagents windows, mail-art, avatars on Facebook or other sites, razor cut in a haircut, on bookmarks left in library books and on a T-shirt as you jump up and down in front of local news crew covering a soap star opening a supermarket. W.A.S.T.E. Please remember to obtain permission form property owners or managers before posting.
The creators of the system of websites, events, and activities explicitly referred to as a part of “Pynchon in Public Day” (henceforth, “PIPD”), assumes responsibility for neither the actions of users of this website or any affiliated website, nor for any activities they undertake in relation to the event. This includes, but is not limited to, content posted to the site by users, suggested activities, and actions taken by users in particular or in general.
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Additional thanks for suggestions to Dr. Bubby Tubeside.