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.
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?
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.
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?
The Wikipedia entry for the Uncertainty Principle is here:
The Josh Brolin interview mentioned in this episode can be found here:
Rocard’s Exchange Principle at Forensic Handbook:
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!
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!