Thirty-One: Pseudo-Masochism

In which we look at episodes thirteen and fourteen of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

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April 29th

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Thirty: Shanty-Town in Toilet-Land

In which our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow continues as we examine episodes nine through twelve.

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April 15th

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Twenty-Nine: Potential Props

In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with episodes five through eight.

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April 1st

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Season 04 breakdown; or, in case you want to read along

We received a question on Twitter asking how we’re breaking down Season 04 of the podcast, in which we’re covering Gravity’s Rainbow. We’re posting the response here so that it’s more widely available.

Season 04 will be broken down into four smaller seasons. Each mini-season will correspond to one of the four books within Gravity’s Rainbow. So season 04.1 will cover Book 1: Beyond the Zero. Season 04.2 will cover Book 2, and so on.

Generally speaking, each podcast will cover two or three episodes in the book. Because there are several editions of Gravity’s Rainbow, and because some of these have differing paginations, we’re breaking down our coverage by episode, not pages. A book-episode begins with the seven squares, or in some editions it’s seven dots.

The schedule for Season 04.1 is as follows:

  • Podcast episode 28 (which is episode 04.1.1) covers episodes 1 through 4 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 29 (04.1.2) covers episodes 5 through 8 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 30 (04.1.3) covers episodes 9 through 12 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 31 (o4.1.4) covers episodes 13 and 14 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 32 (04.1.5) covers episodes15 and 16 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 33 (o4.1.6) covers episodes 17 and 18 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 34 (04.1.7) covers episodes 19 through 21 in the book;
  • Podcast episode 35 (04.1.8) is a capstone episode in which we reflect on Book 1 as a whole.

Episodes will be released every two weeks, on Friday, starting on 18 March, 2016. There will be breaks between each mini-season, though we don’t know yet how long a given break might be. One much, after all, indulge one’s mindless pleasures.

We haven’t yet worked out the schedule for the remaining three books, but we’ll post those reading schedules as we come to them. Be advised that reading along with us will take maybe two years.

Thanks for listening, and we truly hope to make reading Gravity’s Rainbow less arduous or at least more fun.

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March 30th

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Pynchon in Public

Twenty-Eight: Welcome, Good Luck

In which we kick off season four with the first four episodes of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

Note: For this season, when we refer to “episodes” we mean a section beginning with the seven squares.

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March 18th

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Twenty-Seven: Alcoholics Pynchonymous

In which we interview the man behind the wonderful blog Thomas Pynchon’s Liquor Cabinet. Michael has embarked upon a noble quest to drink every alcoholic beverage mentioned all of Thomas Pynchon’s novels. Chris and Bo decide to help him along by partaking in a particularly interesting trio of drinks. Which ones? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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October 24th

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Pynchon in Public

Twenty-Six: Pynchon Jail

A final capstone discussion of The Crying of Lot 49.

In which we say everything there’s left to say…or at least we say a lot. Some of it may even bring some meaning to the text as a whole. Some of it might just wander around San Narciso all night pointing continually to itself. You’ll just have to listen to find out.

And if you stick around to the end, there’s the first-ever Pynchon in Public Podcast Trivia Segment!

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August 28th

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Twenty-Five: Batman of the Soul

In which we discuss the final chapter of The Crying of Lot 49.

Oedipa, with the help of a Warfinger scholar, digs into the history of the Trystero. As the people and things in her life gradually fall away, she finds herself in a fugue. The last bit of her former lover, Pierce, who set her upon this quest, goes up for auction. It is there that she faces the crying of lot 49.

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August 7th

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Twenty-Four: Reverse Detective

In which we wrap up chapter five of The Crying of Lot 49.

After a night spent wandering the streets of San Narciso and seeing the post-horn at nearly every turn, Oedipa encounters an old sailor who asks her to drop a letter into W.A.S.T.E. for him. She tails a deliveryman for a while, and then heads back to Kinneret…where things are certainly in a much different state than when she left.

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July 24th

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Twenty-Three: Everybody Loves the Irish

In which we talk about the first half of Chapter 5 of The Crying of Lot 49.

Chapter 5 begins with Oedipa visiting John Nefastis and his homemade Maxwell’s Demon device. Afterward, she begins a night of peregrination, wandering from place to place, point to point, the muted post-horn always seeming to follow – or perhaps precede – her.

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July 10th

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