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!
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.
In which we discuss the final story in Slow Learner, “The Secret Integration” and wrap up our discussion of the collection.
We’ll be back with Season 2: Inherent Vice sometime in late September/early October. See you then!
Note: No, you didn’t miss episode seven. We wouldn’t be Pynchonites if we embraced linear narratives and expositions.
In which we discuss one of the more complex stories in Slow Learner, “Entropy,” and welcome a new panelist, Jason. He’s Irish – if you can’t tell – and we test his metal by having him explain the concept of entropy.
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.