Tags ‘2011’

Fickt nicht mit der Raketemensch!

Here’s what went down in Munich!

Sascha Pöhlmann had the following to say for himself and his cohort:

it’s two of my friends reading Pynchon in public, while I’m busy stacking one of those typical German newspaper stands with two Pynchon novels, thinking that they should have them in vending machines everywhere. Hope that’s a proper way to celebrate PIPD – it’s a great idea, by the way. (It’s a shame International Slayer Day never caught on.)

Yes! We need Pynchon vending machines! While Slayer isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I’m sure there must be other Pynchon metalheads out there… why not make it a joint venture?

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May 20th

Pynchon in Public

Pynchon goes bowling in Ohio

Amy LaMotta (@ragingbullette) writes with news that she saw Thomas Pynchon out bowling on his birthday, in Ohio, of all places. It must be remarked that, considering his age, the Pynch has some pretty soft-looking hands! Indeed, we even have a reference point for those hands now…

Images originally posted to Twitpic and archived here.

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May 18th

Pynchon in Public

Pynchon in Public Documentation: Brighton Meet-Up

Martin Paul Eve in Brighton for Pynchon in Public Day 2011

To kick off the documentation of the inaugural Pynchon in Public Day, here is a post about the Brighton meet-up. If others have photos/details of events in which they participated please email me (sadly W.A.S.T.E. is not available). I met with “John Dee” (@Dystopia2009) and we talked Pynchon, politics and life. We also installed several post horn insignia around the place:

A W.A.S.T.E. post bin

There was also an article about this event in the Guardian yesterday detailing how the event came to be. Here’s a small excerpt:

“The rarity of seeing someone reading Pynchon in public prompted me to break tube etiquette and say hello, albeit briefly given that I had to get off,” says Eve. “Anyway, I tweeted about the occurrence and ‘John Dee’ (@Dystopia2009) got in touch and proposed that, on Pynchon’s birthday, we could hold a Pynchon in Public day. The appeal lies in the author’s stance on privacy; a man who has evaded the media gaze for 50 years while writing some of the most highly regarded, and most controversial, American prose couldn’t be asked to come out in public. On the other hand, his devoted following could wheel out the symbols of paranoia that pervade his books and celebrate what’s in the texts. Pynchon is worth it for the revolution he effected for American fiction . . . primarily a revolution that has reintroduced a critical Left stance into the landscape, even if this wasn’t entirely recognised at the time.”

Post horn atop graffiti

Finally, after a long exhausting day I returned home (not so public, I know) to drink tea from this very special mug:

Gravity's Rainbow mug

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Martin

May 14th

Pynchon in Public
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