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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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November 5th

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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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June 4th

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Under the Bulb

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

Mark Wright with Christine Karatnytsky

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May 20th

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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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May 15th

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Super-powers

Pynchon's flying books

Forget super-powers, Aleksey Salov can make Pynchon books fly…

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May 11th

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June 19th

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In Transit

Dave Monroe lets the text speak for itself: “‘Thro’ our whole gazing-lives, Venus has been a tiny Dot of Light, going through phases like the Moon, ever against the black face of Eternity. But on the day of this Transit, all shall suddenly reverse,– as she is caught, dark, embodied, solid, against the face of the Sun,– a Goddess descended from light to Matter.’” (M&D, Ch. 9, p. 92)

Transit of Venus

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June 6th

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Yo Yoing on the overground train

Tina Richardson sends word that post horns, books and other Pynchonalia found their way on to trains around Ely, a small, swampy fenland city usually best known for its cathedral. A pronunciation key might make reference to Torpedos. It is: eely. Anyway, I think it now has a far greater claim to fame!

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May 31st

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High School Pynchon

Tim Strzechowski sends word that a mysterious message appeared in Room 245 of the argo(?) Community High School Summit in Illinois.

Tim Strzechowski Room 245 argo Community High School Summit IL

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May 30th

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Dave Monroe in the Fog

Renowned P-Lister (hey, he’s cited in my Ph.D.!) Dave Monroe looked among the fog, waiting for something different this time. Seems he found a pile of books among the haze, but I can guess the author.

Dave Monroe at MCTS Rte 15 Northbound Milwaukee WI USA

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May 26th

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