Friday, January 18, 2008


Since it's Friday, let's celebrate with a little bit of Pynchon. My favorite internet link of all time, perhaps, is Zak Smith's collection of illustrations for every page of Gravity's Rainbow. They can consume hours of your life - each image is more striking than the last.

In the same vein, here's an article from Higher Ed about Pynchon graffiti, specifically of the muted trumpet in The Crying of Lot 49.

One of the highlights of my college career was discovering the original copy of "Entropy" in the library archives. It is complete with his agent's note on the front - keep in mind he was only 19 when this was submitted - and there are pencil markings changing names and small words throughout the frail, typewritten pages.

On an equally entertaining but slightly less related note, a group called Improv Everywhere did a reading in 2004 with a man who looked like Chekov in a Barnes and Noble in New York City. I've been following this group (virtually) for years, but there are always new missions to read. Chekov is old news, but what a fun experiment!

Speaking of fun things, the man who invented fun died today.

Have a great weekend!

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