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W York in the early oughts The novel feels like the New York I first moved to Maybe it s that Pynchon captures so many minor and fairly inconseuential details of the city that makes his feel like a success It felt like Pynchon had been walking among us back then that it s uite possible he was that weird old guy who was also at some dive bar that had some Minor Threat blasting out of a Jukebox or passing through neighborhoods that still stand but no longer have any of the same feelings about them Trudging down that awful hallway that connects Times Suare with Port Authority telling ou to abandon all hope I think of the media shy Pynchon as someone apart from the world like Saligner hiding in his New Hampshire cabin but he was really a guy living on the Upper West Side who walked his kids to school and apparently also did a lot of other things in the city When people don t know what The Road to Einsteins Relativity you look likeou can be the most reclusive media shy writer in the world and never have to lock Black Boy yourself indoors except whenou get ambushed walking Nighttime Sweethearts your kid to school one day Windust seem to think it s a date he is done up otherwise inexplicably in somebody s idea of hipster gear jeans vintage sharkskin sport coat Purple Drank T shirt enough dress code violations to get him thrown off the L trainI feel like I should be giving thoughts instead of just some vague and general impressions but my shitty mind has nothing to analyze Nothing to offer as criticism Nothing but faint memories of the book it s pitiful how uickly my wind cleans itself of so many details On some obscenely hot and humid July afternoon I should have jotted something down and given a review that would have said but even then I couldn t think of what to really say about this novel It wasn t just laziness I enjoy Pychon I guess it can make me feel smart but I mostly just get a pure enjoyment out of his books I enjoy the dumb humor and the crazy conspiracies The paranoia The wonderfully bizarre characters I m sure other people will write much much much better reviews talking about how he succeeded or failed with the brainy stuff For many people especially in New York laughing is a way of being loud without having to say anythingWhat was here before the book was releasedFuckeah I have the best best friend everReal Review coming 91713 Okay here s what I think women need to read this book Looking over the reviews I note that most are from men who have read everything Pynchon has written I hadn t read anything by him no not even Gravity s Rainbow and I thought the time was right for me to begin He is considered a writer of great stature and I couldn t remember why I ignored him This is a valentine to women Even the title refers to women in all its interpretations The bloody edge of a knife held against the neck of the forces that will subjugate us the monthly bleeding forward edge of an insurgency resistant to control the bleeding heart of a mother s love for her children and the fury that unleashes itself when they are threatened This story is about cool mostly calculating sometimes resistance against the machine And it is so funny I found myself shaking with laughter about three uarters of the way through His humor is cumulative At some point Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire you have to crack a smile snort at a joke choke out a guffaw I also didn t know Pynchon was reclusive My first thought that came to mind when learning this was that he doesn t like the rest of us very much and can t stand to interact But that doesn t appear to be the case from reading this book Don t think for a moment that because he is not in view we are not in view He is relentless in his observation prodding and measuring our postures and attitudes He apes us cans us for future use Now I know why he insists on anonymity the better to catch us at our unconscious most bestBut he likes us He is gentle with his characters and the characters are us Except Gabriel Ice Pynchon is not nice to Ice the cold industrialist who will collaborate with the forces of evil to achieve power at any cost to others There is a thick vein of paranoia pushing the narrative forward paranoia s the garlic in life s kitchenyou can never have enough Pynchon is described in articles about him as an incomparable mimic and in this latest novel he captures the speech attitudes and manners of a Jewish mother in 2001 New York prescisely though perhaps with wit and humor than we usually enjoy there This is a man who mines deeply what he encounters in his experienceThe first 85 pages or so may have been deliberately obscure to keep out day trippers perhaps but starting any book is complicated and this has lots of characters to introduce including the Deep Web We all get lost there the first time in He tells us to hold on It s all right the dialogue boxes assure her it s part of the experience part of getting constructively lost After this point he becomes positively lucid He helps us along by including a woman for those of us whose eyes glaze over without a woman in the story In fact he makes her the lead Maxine She is a fraud investigator who s had her license revoked leaving her free to use slightly less than perfectly straight methods to find out about her clients and the objects of their scrutiny She can also pack a Beretta I toldou forensic accounting scrutiny She can also pack a Beretta I told Safe in My Arms you forensic accounting hot check out the Ava Lee series by Ian HamiltonMaxine is a mother first and last wife and skeptic with antennae for a scam She enjoys a wide circle of dubious contacts on the margins and has an erotic liaison with an ambiguous hosiery shredding King Lud Windust a government double agent In the post internet boom of the nineties one firm hashslingrz the brainchild of Gabriel Ice has come on her radar This feast of symbols has a larger message that is not too difficult to understand but mostly it is just a fun ride Not having encountered Pynchon before gave me an advantage perhaps I certainly didn t think he was difficult than others I have read Bola o for one Pamuk for another And he is a lot funnier I did find myself wondering who is this guyLittle is known of Pynchon the man but a few souls have attempted to share what they ve found out including a 2013 vulturecom article by Boris Kachka For much of his life he would flee crowds and cities dipping a toe into cultures and communities and then leaving and skewering them in turn So this is what I ve been able to glean about him from reading the book he watches a lot of movies he listens to music he has a wide circle of friends who preserve his deliberate inconspicuousness He listens He observes But does he read Voraciously Everything But does he read novels Recent novels I think he does I trust he does I like to think Pynchon has a measure of stability and pleasure in his home life now Bleeding Edge doesn t have the emptiness and alienation I associate with someone who is completely outside the life the rest of us enjoy He is one of usI wish him well Good vibes comingour wayThe following writings will help immeasurably with Presunta colpevole your understanding of the novel For a writer Pynchon has a remarkably small body of published work but he is consistentPynchon on SlothPynchon Review of Love in the Time of Cholera Is it OK to be a Luddite The only other thing I would add which I did not mention before is that Pynchon is suggesting that the surface web has devolved into crass commercialism and rubbish burying the promise of an unleashing of creativity and knowledge sharing that was so evident at its inception This has been noted by Jaron Lanier in his book Who Owns the Future and continues to rankle those who had a large part in shaping our experience to date We need to be paranoid about who is monitoring and monetizing our data Pynchon says Yep And well he goes furtherthat old radical The first thing to know about Pynchon books is that they fall into two pretty distinct categories with Gravity s Rainbow and Against the Day on one side the side of sprawling epic of insane depth of characterization and range of setting these are books thatou don t really read Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem you just dive on into in all their jagged crazy bottomless mystery I once said that reading Against the Day was less like reading a book than reading a chunk of a river and I stand by thatThen on the other sideou have the wacky capers of Vineland Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge I suppose these books are eually immersive eually replete with paranoia and feverish rambling and myriad in and out characters and unexpected song breaks and punning turned into high art this one has a titty bar called Joie de Beavre to give just one shining example But while his historical epics flout all traditional novelistic conventions by blowing them completely on their ass the modernist novels do it in a different way one mostly of caricaturization The characters are cartoony the hijinks are bananas the twists and dips and feints are piled so helter skelter that it s generally impossible to have any real idea what s going on let alone where it s all headed Also they re so slangy which is always such a shock from erudite genius Pynchon he uses spoze for suppose rilly for really sez for says that sort of super casual conversational thing Rilly it s all broken phrasing and grammatically incomprehensible sleights of hand a copyeditor s nightmare I can only imagine Also unexpected so much pop culture minutia from 80s fashion accessories to obscure Norwegian death metal bands to a t shirt reading ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US which now that I think of it is actually an anachronism since this book takes place in 2001 Jk not an anachronism I have been summarily corrected Anyway What is actually in 2001 Jk not an anachronism I have been summarily corrected Anyway What is actually this book Safe Words you ask Well for once the back cover blurb is pretty well done ifou want to go ahead and read that It s like historical fiction but set in 2001 starring sexy Maxine mother of two and bad ass uasi legit fraud investigator She starts looking into some small financial thing with a hot shit web property which is really a string that leads her into a gigantic tangled ball of lies and deceptions and insider trading and money laundering and dotcom craziness and maybe down into Hell itself sort of There s a plethora of bonkers characters along the way like a Russian ex gulag rapper duo a foot fetishist hacker a tween krav maga expert a surfer acupuncturist a Buddhist kids videogame designer who accidentally maybe creates a parallel universe Furbys with tracking devices under their fur the Journal of Memespace Cartography a haunted hotel pool and on and on and onAnother way of looking at this book and another way that Pynchon seriously could not give a shit about the way a novel is supposed to be constructed is that it s a nearly unending string of deus ex machina things and people constantly just happening to appear on the scene at the exact moment they re needed Like at one point our heroine is stumped about a crime investigation having already been on the scene and uncovered absolutely nothing and she s got an appointment with her acupuncturist who is late and it just so happens that the sexy stranger in the waiting room with her is a professional nose so of course through a series of clever subterfuges she sneaks him over to the crime scene and he recognizes the lingering whiff of an obsolete cologne in the air which gets her that much closer to figuring out whodunit The whole book is like this In a random bar bathroom in the caf at her new gym wandering around lost on the Upper West Side at a slinky dotcom party everywhere she happens to go why wouldn t His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, you know it There s just the person she needed to see There s even a character whose job is literally a secret delivery manou never call him but when he shows up at The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, your door he s carrying exactly the bootleg VHS tape or the secret dossier or the encrypted flash drive that holds the very informationou so desperately need So Pursuit of Justice yeah it s all kind of strange With these Pynchons it s always a wild ride a fun but very intense disbelief suspension a wonky weird ass spin through a thickety overgrown maze world Which I like but don t exactly love not all the time anywayExcept that his language his language his language oh my god It is so bizarre and brilliant and weirdly beautiful sometimes that it literally stops me in my tracks I ll just be toodling along the pages half attentioned in the midst of some strange gathering peopled with characters I only semi remember who are talking about things I only sort of understand words flowing by beneath my eyes to the point where I m mostly only noticing the rhythm lost and lost in his endless twists and feints and then will come these passages that just slam through and make me gasp with joy or rearrange my thinking in such a profound way that I don t know how I even was beforeHere s a paragraph forou and if Dangerous to Touch you don t react to it with a literal tingling inour fingertips and the ends of our hair just please shut up and don t tell me about it Sometimes down in the subway a train Maxine s riding on will slowly be overtaken by a local or an express on the other track and in the darkness of the tunnel as the windows of the other train move slowly past the lighted panels appear one by one like a series of fortune telling cards being dealt and slid in front of her The Scholar The Unhoused The Warrior Thief The Haunted Woman After a while Maxine has come to understand that the faces framed in these panels are precisely those out of all the city millions she must in the hour be paying most attention to in particular those whose eyes actually meet her own they are the day s messengers from whatever the Beyond has for a Third World where the days are assembled one by one under non union conditions Each messenger carrying the props reuired for their character shopping bags books musical instruments arrived here out of darkness bound again into darkness with only a minute to deliver the intelligence Maxine needs At some point naturally she begins to wonder if she might not be performing the same role for some face looking back out another window at herThank ou Tom Rodeo Daughter you marvelous mad genius May I never look at a subway ride the same way agai. Ro las cosas se complican No tarda en verse metida en líos con un camello en una lancha motora art déco un perfumista profesional obsesionado con la loción para el afeitado de Hitler un matón neoliberal con problemas de calzado «elementos» de la mafia rusa varios blogueros hackers programadores emprendedores algunos de los cuales empiezan a aparecer muertos en extrañas circunstanci.

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Mitch Hedberg Memorial Joke IntroductionI used to love Thomas Pynchon I still do but I used to tooAll Your Book Are Belong to Us Bleeding Edge is Thomas Pynchon s bid to escape the Falsche Freunde of American Post modernismIn it he determinedly embraces plot as a framework within which to create a fiction of his own not for him submission to the tiresomely insistent demands of those wised up urban know it alls who intermittently praise his work when it appears to comply with their grab bag of dogmata and demean it as pynchon lite when it doesn tPynchon is accountable to nothing and nobody but his own muse He writes his own way and he has written differently in each of his novels notwithstanding the similarity of subject matter in some of themAre You With Me Doctor WuLet s get the length of the novel out of the way firstMy copy was 477 pages long There were 41 chapters in total which made an average of about 116 pages per chapter I always knew how far I was away from the next break if I needed one Pretty soon I felt that I was in the hands of a master Pynchon had set himself a goal for each section he was writing and how much time and effort he wanted to devote to it which coincided with how much time and effort was reuired of us the readersOnce I got started I tried to knock off about 100 pages a dayHelp Too Byzantine Make It StopPynchon s writing was consistently lucid and entertaining hardly purple or byzantine at all though there were a lot of beautiful sentences in chapter 39 There s a difference between his subject matter and his writing style His sentence and paragraph structure doesn t necessarily reflect the complexity of his subject or the sophistication of the subjectA Valentine to the Big AppleThe best analogy for his style that I can think of is a cross between a television sitcom and a stand up comedy routine This makes sense when ou consider that Pynchon name checked Jerry Seinfeld in the jacket copy and Jennifer Aniston and Mitch Hedberg in the body of the novel Two things can be inferred from this even at the age of 77 when he published the novel Pynchon was keeping up with what s on TV and on the comedy circuit This has to be the most consistently funny of Pynchon s novels And that applies to both his script and his timing ie his overall delivery Secondly he wasn t trapped in the sixties as some critics have suggested His cultural awareness extended over the full 80 Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses years of his life Susan Sontag view spoilerwith the streak hide spoiler 1 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 amazingly lucid and majestically heartbreaking elegia for the early age of the Internet and the pre 911 world Filled to the brim with action humor pop culture references and most importantly with clever honest disinterested reflections on the world we re all inhabiting since about 14ears The most clever book on what the Internet means I have A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, yet read never too cynical never too naiveAnd that doesn t even take into account that this is mainly well also about 911 and handles that topic too as cleverly That s how much of a treasure chest this isThe fact that a guy as old as Pynchon as this wrote this is absolutely mind blowing A must read for any late 80s90s kidMy main man Matthew Arnold would have loved old Pynchon Culture attracts the worst impulses of the moneyed it has no honor it begs to be suburbanized and corrupted Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge REAL GEEKS USE COMMAND PROMPTS Pynchon could write the linear notes to an obscure hipster band and I would track that CD down and read it At one level there is a certain amount of potential sulfuric fizzle genius thatou can definitely smell but in this novel never uite explodes gets expelled Pynchon is tracing and mapping the same subterranean ground he has fixated on from the very beginning technology paranoia humor dark entropy etc it is all here It just isn t masterpiece level It surfs at the same literary shelf as Inherent Vice and Vineland A 4 star VG PoMo novel sure sure just not a Gravity s Rainbow a Mason and Dixon or an Against the Day Another challenge Pynchon is facing is the world and its interwebs have just grabbed his schtick with both invisible hands and apparently most of us in meat world just don t give a flying purple Leonhart Fuchs that there is nowhere left to hide My own private Idaho mother is now slowly feeding info into Pinterest s and FB s databases my brother and father I recently read are both in a heavily redacted FBI file dealing with Michael Hastings and I m writing reviews on Goodreads and Audible read AMZN all our reviews are belong to us cross posting it on FBTwitter etc and helping the overlords of Zuckerberg Bezos et al make their next few Billion Maybe one day like an oversexed Oneida Community this complexity will all get worked out in the end Maybe with Jesus 20 s help one day we will join hands to feed the world s hungry with than bytes but like Pynchon I m not going to hold my breath for that WTF moment Bleeding Edge begins after the dotcom crash and takes us through to a few months after the events of September 11 It is a portrait of New York during this period A lovably scruffy comedy of remarriage as the Publishers Weekly review calls it and a really wonderful piece of urban literature keenly detailing the visible and invisible environs of New York City and its psyche at that time The back of the advance reading copy I got calls it a historical romance That too is accurate It s also a very funny very Pynchonian crime thriller Think Raymond Chandler as Jewish mother There s a strip club named Joie de Beavre Dividing any writer s output into categories is problematic but the impression I got while reading the first three hundred or so pages of Bleeding Edge was that it was like Vineland or Inherent Vice than Pynchon s other work while also reading a bit like a revision of The Crying of Lot 49 at times Maxine is reminiscent in many ways of Oedipa Maas In other words this book feels for most of its length like an accessible read and I know that s problematic too relative to Gravity s Rainbow or Against the Day Then the events of September 11 enter the novel s world and they immediately alter the way this book reads The stunning way Pynchon handles the impact of September 11 on these characters and on New York and on the USA s mentality has a retroactive impact on the first two thirds of the book and on any retrospective thought about the bookI doubt I m the only person who wondered when this novel was announced what Pynchonian paranoia would look like when it met the Information Age or less approaching full stride andor when it met the events of September 11 What this book does with paranoia is utterly fascinating I think I d have to read Bleeding Edge again before attempting any lit crit type analysis of paranoia s role in this novel vs its role in say The Crying of Lot 49 or in Gravity s Rainbow So I won t attempt any such analysis But I ll say that just as a reader as an admirer of Pynchon s work I really dug reading this book s rendering of paranoia of the Information Age and post September 11 versions of paranoia Differences and similarities between paranoia as rendered in this book and paranoia as rendered in Pynchon s other books are worth noting and smarter people or people or less exactly as smart as I am as in the future version of me when I ve thought about this some will likely comment on this stuff elouently In many ways and maybe it s just because I haven t read many of the other contemporary novels that probably exist and deal with the internet and its impact on today s world Bleeding Edge does a better job than any other work of fiction I ve read of detailing the exact weird realities and exactly what s weird about those realities of living with this stuff and all it entails es for the paranoiac but also just for everyday life Puts a lot of stuff into perspective that we probably really need a seriously great fiction writer like Pynchon to put into perspective Bleeding Edge is linear and straightforward relative to some of Pynchon s other work though Maxine s uest makes for an endlessly complicating adventure with a stellar cast of supporting characters and relentlessly multiplying red herrings But the book s weight and depth both grow and grow apparent as it goes along though it only briefly and appropriately stops being funny I think this is ultimately a scary and profound book but there s of course lots of fun to be had even with fairly serious stuff The Wahhabi Transreligious Friendship WTF Fund Pynchon is of course a master of portraying pop culture regardless of which time period is in uestion He manages here to find space even for a Kenan and Kel reference Nobody s better than Pynchon at communicating the full range of human experience This is partly a virtue of the high low divide meaning absolutely nothing to Pynchon but he collapses that distinction in a much less trivial way than most writers have since the whole pomo thing got started Very few writers can write novels that are real funny and real frightening real serious and real ridiculous real human and real artificial Pynchon s books are all these things at once Bleeding Edge is no exception This is a serious historical novel one that expresses real important truths about the human condition whether specific to the age we live in internet stuff terrorism and other stuff or universal love this being emphatically one of the better love stories I ve read and paranoia and other stuff It s also a lovehate letter to NYC and the USA It s also one of the funniest books I ve ever read It s also a paradise of language and style Plus none of this stuff makes the whole thing fragmented or disjointed Plus the stuff Pynchon writes about whether love sex paranoia violence whatever he s also capable of evoking their corresponding emotions So it s never this distant exercise and instead it s always immediate You get the ideaThere s an impulse somewhere in my gut to call this one of my favourite Pynchon novels but that s not the kind of distinction worth making because there really aren t minor and major novels by Thomas Pynchon This is not one of my better reviews I m afraid a fact made embarrassing by my having had the honour of receiving an advance copy and being one of the first people to review this book on GR But I hope I ve communicated somewhat at least why and how Bleeding Edge offered me a glimpse as Pynchon s stuff always does of heights of literary experience and of its value to us as of literary experience and of its value to us beings Or something like that So uh not a disappointment Me and Tome I have a reputation on goodreads for being hyper intelligent indulging in reading difficult novels It s a reputation I like to nurture It s been many ears of failure in factBack in college daze I was at the check out desk of the smuckerjamjelly library and this friend of mine comes in fresh out of one of his Englishmajor classes This is one of those rare birds on college campuses an intellectual who actually gave a damn about getting an education beyond mere jobtraining He came up to me all thumbs up saying Pynchon is where it s at That was a strong enough argument and I ve been failing to read Pynchon for many ears now Well I mean right up to 2009 when I read Inherent ViceIn short order I gather d together V Lot 49 and gravity s rainbow courtesy of one of those use d bookshops I hung out at hipster Lot 49 I read twice and didn t see too much to make a fuss about I read V with what I recall from today s pointofview as zero understanding except the nose job chapter and at least once reading it at dipco with a couple rounds of sam adams at the bar looking like a real Pynchon hipster before I used the word hipster like this in a self deprecating manner Well whatever the hell that was I mean V I still have that same Bantam edition A few short The Baby Album years later I believe following on the heels of reading IJ I started into gravity s rainbow and said Ah Yes I get it This is fantastic and I have no idea what s going on But so I only got about 23 through what is today simply call d GR due to some non literary distractions Still haven t gotten back to itMeanwhile Mason and Dixon was published and I got one of those hotoffthepresses exemplaren Over the course of several highly distractive months I read the words on its pages I recall a few nice things like presidents getting high big rounds of cheese a mechanical duck snowballs chance in hell of me understanding it But anyway I even bought a copy for a friend of mine who taught English or was it History Anyways total failure Then I bought a copy of Against the Day also hot off the presses In fact it may have been my first PREorder I order d it before I order d it It sat beautifully on my dresser for approximately threeears meanwhile somewhere along the line I placed one of those ubiuitous used copies of Vineland and probably Slow Learner on my shelf Preorder d Inherent Vice in 2009 received it in the Post read it and Pynchonianshape d light bulbs began to light up in my meager brain I GET IT NOW I sail d through Against the Day at speeds airships can only fantasize about I dove uickly into Vineland thankful that I hadn t read it in 1990 with all the other post GR Disappoint d I was a slow learner but I read that one too I mean by this time of course I was well and deep into Encyclopedic Novel Territory ENT space having enter d via IJ SotWeed and The Don of uixote Now here I stood looking forward to what I ve come to think of as Type II PYNCHON Lot 49 Vineland IV Those PynchonLite volumes What I want d from Bleeding Edge was some of that Lite Tome That s what it is And I m a Pynchon FANBOY So whatever I ll read it I read it Here I am See I m a DFW FANBOY too And but I ve move d on see I ll read everything that says DFW but mostly I ve moved onto fanning other flames With Tome too I ve moved on but in the case of Tome I ve move d on by moving backwards 2014 I need to retrace my steps from V through GR to MD to make up for that failure I mention d up there above Read Bleeding Edge don t be disappoint d take the ride with Maxine It s still Tome And some. Estamos en Nueva York en 2001 durante el periodo de calma ue transcurrió entre el desmoronamiento del boom de las puntocom Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose y los terribles sucesos del 11 de Septiembre Silicon Alley es una ciudad fantasma la web 10 está en plena edad del pavo Google todavía no ha salido a Bolsa a Microsoft aún se la considera el Imperio del Mal Es posible ue a no corra tanto dinero como en el momento ,
Thing about the world feels different today There ve been a few novels written about the 11th September 2001 attacks DeLillo s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close come to mind and most of them try to induce not unreasonably a visceral and immediate reaction to the tragedy Pynchon has written about atrocities and tragedies before most recently in Against the Day but what s striking about Bleeding Edge is how determined Pynchon is to avoid talking about 911 in anything like the same terms After huge amounts of foreshadowing the event itself is thrown away almost in passing two thirds of the way through the novel a remote occurrence that comes mediated through strangers and TVMaxine heads for work puts her head in a local smoke shop to grab a newspaper and finds everybody freaking out and depressed at the same time Something bad is going on downtown A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center according to the Indian guy behind the counter What like a private plane A commercial jet Uh oh Maxine goes home and pops on CNNWhat follows is a lengthy examination not of the event itself which is merely the pretext for a lot of conspiracy theoretic playfulness but rather of how people reacted to it Pynchon sounds angry about it angrier than I can remember him sounding for a long time Typically he hones right in on the vocabulary objecting in particular to Ground Zero a Cold War term taken from the scenarios of nuclear war so popular in the early sixties This was nowhere near a Soviet nuclear strike on downtown Manhattan et those who repeat Ground Zero over and over do so without shame or concern for etymology The purpose is to get people cranked up in a certain way Cranked up scared and helplessAh the purpose As with many of his books it s never clear whose purpose exactly we re talking about but there is a strong sense that there s one out there Something to do with keeping everyone staring at the replaying images on the news channels US citizens reduced to a viewing population brought back to its default state dumbstruck undefended scared shitless Can t ou feel it one character asks how everybody s regressing 11 September infantilized this country It had a chance to grow up instead it chose to default back to childhood This sense of opportunity wasted runs throughout the book The other opportunity under examination is the internet The book is set in large part among the early 2000s geek culture and there is a feeling of almost limitless potential that s about to be exploited or suandered One pair of programmers has developed an interface for trawling the deep web a version of the deep web that I don t think ever existed and their software is being pursued aggressively by ultracapitalists and national governments they re facing thesame old classic dotcom dilemma be rich forever or make a tarball out of it and post it around for free and keep their cred and maybe self esteem as geeks but stay or less middle incomeThe internet for Pynchon is a way of transcending the constraints of reality characters can log on and have conversations with people who seem already to be dead victims of 911 victims of secret governmental machinations whateveran online version of the much misunderstood thanatoids from Vineland The web offers a vision of the almost spiritual interconnectedness of humanity it s a small part of a much vaster integrated continuum And et at the same time this is somehow thematically tied to the twin towers so that when they come down the possibilities of this new medium also seem increasingly to be built on very shaky groundAnd all of this is told in Pynchon s characteristically sly amused polymathic stoned incisive American narrative voice which fascinates me as much as it ever did He writes dialogue like no one on earth having spent the last few books doing away with such irritating formalities as he said she replied etc he now relays lines of speech with no finite verbs at all merely leaving Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, you with a few present participles like the stage directions to a radio play So some presentableoung lady spreading her upturned palms warm and friendly here right And after the stories we heard Lucas nodding gazing amiably at her titsAnd this techniue writ large is how he works at the level of paragraph and novel as well He no longer does the boring necessities he s found a way to jump straight from incident to incident Key events or explanations arrive smilingly without reason characters bump into each other simply because it is now necessary that they meet It seems accidental we are told at one point but there may be no accidents any the Patriot Act may have outlawed them along with everything else He still believes as strongly as ever in the power of triviality and jokes which is one of the reasons I m able to take him so seriously In this book we have comments about a woman on the side stashed in London he s playing FTSE with cute a strip club called Joie de Beavre and a long description of with cute a strip club called Joie de Beavre and a long description of Scooby Doo cartoon set in Colombia which concludes with the line and I would ve gotten away with it too if it hadn t been for those Medell n kids His long ecstatic flights of descriptive fantasy are fewer here than in some earlier books but he still puts phrases together perfectly when he needs to Here s the last description we have of one characterHe s silent wherever he is By now one American sheep the shepherds have temporarily lost track of somewhere in the high country above this ruinous hour cragfast in the stormElsewhere attention focuses in on the sky which is very typical of Pynchon the threat in his books is always either somewhere above Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) you or deep belowour feet The sky here takes on a brushed aluminum underglow and later it s a pale battle flag of the ancient nation of winter I love that Near the end our heroine notices clouds moving across a smear of light maybe the sun maybe something else which is precisely the sort of minatory vagueness that Pynchon has made all his own There is a paragraph along similar lines in Against the Day and for that matter in this context one can t help also thinking of the famous opening line to Gravity s RainbowHow does he do it There are lines in his books I read over and over and I still have the feeling that the sense can t be reduced to the words on the page And this may be the last book we get from him he was 76 when it came out half a century since the publication of V You don t expect people in their mid seventies to be writing about to pick an example from this book almost at random a couple dressing up for Hallowe en respectively as a NAND gate and Aki Ross from the Final Fantasy movie Bleeding Edge does include one para that s as good a summary of Pynchon s general philosophy as any No matter how the official narrative of this turns out it seemed to Heidi these are the places we should be looking not in newspapers or television but at the margins graffiti uncontrolled utterances bad dreamers who sleep in public and scream in their sleep What he s been bringing us for fifty ears And still showing people a third of his age how it should be done Along with Yellow Dog this gets my vote for the worst novel ever written by an author capable of genius in his prime A characteristic it shares with Yellow Dog is that there s a sense the author is refusing to grow up that he s still straining to be cool like some middle class teenager strewing his speech with street patois I m baffled how anyone managed to find the emotional engagement to actually remember who the endless cacophony of stupidly named characters entering into each and every chapter were Not one of whom was even vaguely recognisable as a real human being Every page is a garbage lot of acronyms advertising and internet jargon American media figures who no one outside the US will have heard of The plot is freuently interrupted for stand up comedian routines Yes there are moments of brilliance but boy are they outnumbered by the moments of sheer annoying nonsense I m concluding that novelists should avoid conspiracy theory as a subject The massively talented Jonathan Lethem wrote a monumentally dull novel on the subject Or perhaps if ou re going to tackle the subject Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, your challenge should be to remove the theory from the conspiracy as DeLillo did so brilliantly in Libra In this novelou spend four hundred pages waiting for 911 to happen even though Gilligan Unbound you re pretty sure it s going to clarify absolutely nothing that has happened in this book And that turns out to be the case 911 comes and goes with little significance than a rain shower We re not here invited to mull over the mysterious collapse of building 7 or uestion the size of the hole in the Pentagon to be honest I was never sure what it was I was supposed to be looking at Basically I wasted a month of my reading life on this Real ish Review Dwell upon our memories but there are no factsMental note to self next timeou read a book but Gone for Soldiers you can t post a review for a couple of months why don tou try writing the fucking review soon after Hotshot P.I. you read the book and not wait till the day before the book is to be published Just a thought stupid Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver attributed to GoeringThe re occurrence of this line in the book for some reason sums up the book for me I m not sure what that says about the book though But every time I think of the book this what I think Maxine reached for her revolverTwo months and change I ve had to write this review I just haven t been able to do it Oheah I m supposed to mention that I got this book for free from either Netgalley the publisher author or through some other way that I get books to read before they are published Apparently it s a federal law to mention this for reals and not just a cheap reason to float the shit out of my reviews I haven t been given any monies nor have I been coerced in anyway to write the review Mean Girls you just read HuzzahExcept for my screaming teen novelty review of Gravity s Rainbow I ve never reviewed Pynchon before I ve only grudgingly ever reviewed DFW before It was a dare I wouldn t have written about Infinite Jest otherwiseI don t like to write reviews for my favorites Fuckous are so much easier Song number one is not a fuck ou song we ll save that that thought for later on You want to know if there s something wrong You want to know what it all means It s nothingWhere to startFirst this is minor Pynchon I m expecting that there is never going to be another major Pynchon novel I hope that I m wrong but this is the Pynchon who gave us Vineland and Inherent Vice It s not the Gravity s Rainbow Against the Day Pynchon Not that they are really separate people or that there is a massive difference In Uality Between The Two uality between the two there is something un massive about some of his works This is one of those booksI kind of like them when they feel all encompassing In a way I d best sum up this book as a accessible version of Crying of Lot 49 one written by an older writer who no longer feels the need to confuse and obscure at almost every turn It s got the same sort of female protagonist She is caught up in the churning of events outside of her immediate control She is sometimes just floating through the events taking place than actively controlling her own destiny but in Pynchon s world is anyone really in control While the work is straight forward than some of his other books it s still filled with the slap stick absurdity paranoia conspiracies and screw ball characters that categorize Pynchon s work or at least to me It s got all the good stuff and a style of writing that will undoubtedly piss off that person at the New York Times Second this is a early 2000 s novel of New York City You know dot come bubble burst and collapsing buildings Do ou think there is room for some conspiracy riffing in those events Third are Duty to Protect you looking to see Pynchon really skewer the internet Maybeou ll read the book differently than me but that skewering doesn t happen It s shitty and it s good It s filled with villains and people futility trying to do good and create spaces outside of commerce It s got Utopian dreams and unrelenting greed But mostly it s just a bleeding edge technology being created without the realization of what the technology can or will actually be used for I guess one could say that the interwebs are sort of the rockets in this book a technology everyone is scrambling around and which will ultimately change the world but is it the technology itself or just human nature that is really at play here Just to say evil Islamics did it that s so lame and we know it We see those official close ups on the screen The shifty liar s look the twelve stepper s gleam in the eye One look at these faces and we know they re guilty of the worst crimes we can imagine But who s in any hurry to imagine To make the awful connection Any than Germans were back in 1933 when Nazis torched Reichstag within a month of Hitler becoming chancellor Which of course is not to suggest that Bush and his people have actually gone out and staged the events of 11 September It would take a mind hopelessly diseased with paranoia indeed a screamingly anti American nutcase even to allow to cross her mind the possibility that that terrible day would have deliberately been engineered as a pretext to impose some endless Orwellian war and the emergency decrees we will soon be living under Nah nah perish that thought But there s still always the other thing Our earning Our deep need for it to be true Somewhere down at some shameful dark recess of the national soul we need to feel betrayed even guilty As if it was us who created Bush and his gang Cheney and Rove and Rumsfeld and Feith and the rest of them we who called down the sacred lightning of democracy and then the fascist majority on the Supreme Court threw the switches and Bush rose from the slab and began his rampage And whatever happened then is on our ticketThe word zeitgeist may make ou reach for Kates Vow your own revolver but that s what this novel has succeeded in capturing It s uite successful at capturing Ne. ?lgido de la burbuja tecnológica pero lo ue no escasean son timadores ue pretenden arramblar con algún trozo de los restos del pastel En ese Nueva York la joven Maxine Tarnow tiene una peueña agencia de investigación de delitos económicos se dedica a perseguir a estafadores de poca monta Maxine investiga las finanzas de una empresa de seguridad informática a su consejero delegado pe. ,

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