October 7, 2013 |
Congratulations to the San Francisco Chronicle for launching a literary map of its city. The interactive map includes quotes from famed San Francisco area authors, including Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck and Armistead Maupin. Not unlike our own literary map of Los Angeles . Of course, the Golden Gate Bridge has appeared many times in the literature of San Francisco, but the map stretches farther afield. There's Hammett on the Stockton Tunnell, Hunter S. Thompson on the Daley City Drive-in, Ishmael Reed on Oakland and Alegra Goodman on the Berkeley Hills.
September 16, 2013 |
If publicity-averse Thomas Pynchon decided to come out of seclusion, would he do it on Twitter? With an account named @PynchonOfficial? No, says his publisher. "It's a fake," Penguin Press Vice President Tracy Locke confirmed via email. The fake Pynchon Twitter account launched Sept. 3. Although it has posted only a handful of tweets, it included the sensational "'Bleeding Edge' is my last book. I'm done with fiction. T.P. " Remember: Fake. Pynchon is the 76-year-old author of "Gravity's Rainbow," which won the National Book Award in 1974.
September 15, 2013 |
Bleeding Edge A Novel Thomas Pynchon Penguin Press: 496 pp., $28.95 -- It has been 50 years since Thomas Pynchon's first book, "V.," was published. That he is still turning out works of dizzying complexity is, frankly, astounding. Few authors remain as ambitious and accomplished for so long. Enter "Bleeding Edge," a detective novel set in 2001 in Manhattan after the first dot-com boom-and-bust. Protagonist Maxine Tarnow is a defrocked fraud investigator, a rule-breaking accountant who is drawn into Internet business dealings and worse by a former lover-slash-documentarian, aided by mysterious deliveries from a bike messenger who still rides under the orange jersey of kozmo.com, the online store than went belly-up.
September 11, 2013 |
Thomas Pynchon has avoided the limelight his entire career -- he sent a stand-in to accept his National Book Award in 1974, and, as far as we know, hasn't been photographed since his stint in the Navy in the 1950s. But tucked within the quiet stacks of the Huntington Library is the Stephen Tomaske Collection of Pynchonalia, which provides rare glimpses into the author's life. Tomaske was a UCLA librarian who dedicated himself to gathering the most comprehensive collection of Pynchon material he could.Here are some tidbits.
August 26, 2013 |
Thomas Pynchon, the world's most famous reclusive novelist - after that chatterbox J.D. Salinger - " hides in plain sight, on the Upper West Side, with a family and a history of contradictions ," writes New York magazine in a new feature. The story follows Pynchon in greater detail than we've seen before but never finds him. The occasion for the pursuit is the upcoming Pynchon novel "Bleeding Edge," due Sept. 17. The Pynchon uncovered by Boris Kachka is a man of contradictions, including "a workaholic stoner" and "a literary outsider who's married to a literary agent.
June 2, 2013
The Glass Ocean Lori Baker Penguin Press, $25.95 A willful red-haired Victorian woman pieces together the elliptical stories of her parents' sea-focused lives; for her debut novel, Lori Baker scored a blurb from Thomas Pynchon. (August) All the Land to Hold Us Rick Bass Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 A sweeping tale weaves through the landscape of West Texas with a cast of characters that includes oil well drillers, high school football players, a spinster Mormon school teacher and a beauty queen.