Seven: Pretty Good for a Fourteen-Year-Old

In which we discuss the final story in Slow Learner, “The Secret Integration” and wrap up our discussion of the collection.

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We’ll be back with Season 2: Inherent Vice sometime in late July/early August. See you then!

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May 17th

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Martin

May 16th

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May 15th

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May 11th

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May 10th

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Eight: Interview with the Pynchonite

In which we celebrate Pynchon in Public Day with an interview Dr. Martin Paul Eve about his newly released book, Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno. (Amazon) (Powell’s)

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Note: No, you didn’t miss episode seven. We wouldn’t be Pynchonites if we embraced linear narratives and expositions.

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May 8th

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Six: The Doctor Who of Fiction

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.

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May 3rd

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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.

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April 19th

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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.”

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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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March 29th

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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.

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December 24th

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