Five: Send Us Your Rat Theories

In which we continue our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collection, Slow Learner. The story under our collective microscopes this time is “The Low-Lands.”

Included in this episode is our first “Pynch-song,” one of Pynchon’s many songs set to music.

http://www.pynchoninpublic.com/Five_Send Us Your Rat Theories.mp3

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BoButler

April 19th

Podcast

Four: Get a Guidebook

In which we begin our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collection Slow Learner. First we talk about the Introduction, the only extant Pynchon-on-Pynchon writing available, and then move to the first short story, “The Small Rain.”

www.pynchoninpublic.com/Four_%20Get%20A%20Guidebook.mp3

Show-notes

In “The Small Rain,” the hurricane that has recently passed through southern Louisiana is hurricane Audrey. Here are a few informational links:

A 1957 newsreel about the devastation: (YouTube)

Historical photographs from Cameron Parish, Louisiana, where Lardass Levine would have watched the corpses loaded onto barges.

Information from the National Weather Service’s site.

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BoButler

March 29th

Podcast

Three: A Holiday Special

In which we offer a gift of readings to you, Loyal Listeners. The Christmas season shows up often enough in Mr. Pynchon’s books, and here are three examples taken from V, Gravity’s Rainbow, and Mason & Dixon. Added in is a little holiday music, arranged and performed by one of our podcasters.

Happy Christmas.

www.pynchoninpublic.com/Holiday2013.mp3

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BoButler

December 24th

Podcast

Two: The Best Thing on the Internet

In which we wrap up our discussion of Bleeding Edge, talk of money and jokes, and make clear what is the best thing on the internet.

www.pynchoninpublic.com/Episode2.mp3

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BoButler

December 22nd

Podcast

One: Beyond the Zero

In which we discuss the new novel, Bleeding Edge, before any of us have had proper time to digest it.

http://www.pynchoninpublic.com/podcastfiles/EpisodeOne.mp3

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Martin

November 21st

Podcast

Episode Zero

In which we test the international waters, figure out what technical issues might need address, talk a bit about Pynchon in Public Day, and about what we hope to do with this podcast.

http://www.pynchoninpublic.com/podcastfiles/EpisodeZero.mp3

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Martin

November 21st

Podcast

Pynchon on Podcast

The Pynchon in Public Podcast is now live! Two episodes have currently been recorded, so head on over to the Podcast page!

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Martin

November 5th

Pynchon in Public

IV for Three

Inherent Vice RIchard Noggle

Richard Noggle brings news of “three nerds reading … Inherent Vice at Nerd Nite in Lawrence, Kansas”!

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Martin

June 4th

Pynchon in Public

Under the Bulb

Mark Wright with Christine Karatnytsky bathing in Byron’s light.

Mark Wright with Christine Karatnytsky

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Martin

May 20th

Pynchon in Public

Action Man

Michel Ryckx brings word of the gift that all true Pynchon fans would die for!

“Ben Hendricks created the Thomas Pynchon Action Figure, a Christmas present to a Pynchon reader, while studying at the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Not having read a Pynchon novel in his life, he used the information he found on the Net to establish his idea of Pynchon:
- the muscled Action Figure wears a military outfit, kind of
- a paper bag on the Action Figure’s head (can be removed)
- rabbit teeth are included. The Action Figure owner can easily put the teeth into the Action Figure’s mouth -and remove it again…
- 4 Pynchon novels, with blank pages (but hardbacks!) that can be put ALL FOUR in one go in the Action Figure’s hands! (all 6 by 3.5cm)
- the Figure’s box is a case based on a 1973 Pynchon novel (owner forgot the title), accompanied by pictures showing 4 classic covers
- the box has following selling points on it (black letters on a yellow background):
ACTION FIGURE!
CAN READ 4 BOOKS AT THE SAME TIME
REVEAL WHO’S UNDER THE MASK OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
INCLUDES RABBIT TEETH (black lettering over grey background)
ACTION BOOKS!

It made -and makes- the receiver of this extraordinary gift very happy.

The box is residing on top of some book shelves, underneath 3more than 0 kilograms of Pynchon Novels, Pynchon Criticism and Pynchon Journals”

Pynchon Action Figure 1

Pynchon Action Figure 2

Pynchon Action Figure 3

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Martin

May 15th

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