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April 17th

Pynchon in Public

Seventeen: Spy Vs Spy Relationship

In which we give our (many, many) thoughts on P.T. Anderson’s film adaptation of Inherent Vice(2014). Also, you’ll want to sit through the credits on this one in order to catch our announcement of Season Three’s book of choice!

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Shownote:

There’s much speculation that Mr. Pynchon has a little screen time in the Inherent Vice film – uncredited, obviously. Here’s our best guess.

A screen cap from the Inherent Vice film.

A screen cap from the Inherent Vice film. Could this be Mr. Pynchon?

The film-within-the-film is, according to Mr. Anderson, a film called The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) However, that film was shot in color, yet the scene in Inherent Vice is in black-and-white. Why?

More research to follow…

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Bo

February 9th

Podcast

Sixteen: Capstoned

In the final episode of Season 2, we have a look at themes and questions that span the entire novel Inherent Vice.

We’ll be back in a few months with Season 3. Thanks for listening!

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Bo

January 4th

Podcast

Fifteen: Historically Bad at Napping

In which we cover the final two chapters of the novel, Inherent Vice, initially trying to crawl out of the rabbit hole we found ourselves in during the previous episode. We’ll address the Doc/Bigfoot relationship for the final time. We’ll look at the role of cars in the novel and how they’re paired with the theme of nostalgia, especially in the final sequence. What is the role of family in the later Pynchon novels? And should we be talking about a soap opera right alongside a Pynchon novel?

Actually, that’s probably just about right.

We’ll be back in two weeks with our final episode of the season, a capstone(d) discussion of Inherent Vice as a whole.

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Bo

December 21st

Podcast

Fourteen: Confused about the Confusion

In which we continue our discussion of Inherent Vice, this time on chapters 16 through 18. Is there an extra day in Pynchon’s 1970? We’ll spend most of the episode citing evidence and arguing why this possible time-problem might be significant. This is a rabbit hole from which we’re not sure we’ve yet re-emerged.

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Bo

December 7th

Podcast

Thirteen: Jack Nicklaus’s Eyebrows

In which we continue our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, moving on to chapters 14 and 15.

Chris, Jason and Bo discuss some of their non-Pynchonian interests. Bo violates his contract. Jason starts off the discussion by looking at myth and antiquity when Doc is in Las Vegas. A link between Pynchon and Shakespeare. Chris examines the sadness implicit in the novel which comes to the fore in chapter 14. And one shift, two shift, red shift, blue shift? What are we on about?

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Shownotes:

We talk about T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” quite a bit in this episode. You can read it here.

On “The Mythic Method,” read T.S. Eliot’s “Ulysses, Order, and Myth” here.

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Bo

November 23rd

Podcast

Twelve: Pancakes, Lots of Pancakes

In which we continue our discussion of Inherent Vice, moving on to chapters 10 through 13. Has Doc actually made any progress on the case? Is his investigation(s) unravelling, or reality itself? Is Doc an agent of chaos? Are Doc and Bigfoot maybe something more than adversaries? Is there a little bromance in their relationship? Can we trust Doc as our focal character? Are we even asking the right questions?

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Notes:

The Wikipedia entry for the Uncertainty Principle is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle

The Josh Brolin interview mentioned in this episode can be found here:
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/08/16/inherent-vice-josh-brolin-katherine-waterston/

Rocard’s Exchange Principle at Forensic Handbook:
http://www.forensichandbook.com/locards-exchange-principle/

 

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Bo

November 8th

Podcast

Eleven: Personal Moments with Banana Stands

In which we move on to chapters 8 and 9 of Inherent Vice. Doc’s parents, zombies, drug use and addiction to frozen bananas are just a couple of the topics we tackle in the episode. Add in a somewhat lengthy discussion of (post-?) postmodernism, mentions of Arrested Development, and the nature of reality itself and this is easily the most topic-trodding adventure we’ve brought you yet!

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Bo

October 25th

Podcast

Ten: A Collection of Disguises

In which we continue our discussion of Inherent Vice, this time moving on to Chapters 5 and 6. Analysis of identity! Of culture! Of political polarization! Of aliens!

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Bo

October 11th

Podcast

Nine: I Don’t Believe You

In which we begin Season Two: Inherent Vice. Published in 2009, Inherent Vice follows the investigations stoner/gumshoe Larry “Doc” Sportello as he tries to unravel what is either several mysteries, one big mystery, or perhaps reality itself in 1970s California.

In this podcast we discuss Chapters 1 through 4, including character, theme, and humor analysis, and manage to fit in a real-time example of how the internet is a liar.

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Bo

September 28th

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