Books Book Rumor Excitement!
posted by October 3 at 12:00 PMon
Rumors are circling the tubes that Thomas Pynchon’s next book will be a psychedelic Raymond Chandler hard-boiled noir pastiche. And it will be just 400 pages. And it will be published in August of next year.
When Tom Nissley reviewed Pynchon’s previous book, Against the Day, for us when it was published a year and a half ago, he had an extreme proposal for Pynchon:
…what if, instead of releasing a white monolith that daunts even his fans, Pynchon put out ten 100-page books from the same material? (How I’d love to see the Chums of Chance storyline captured in a single little book.) The vast mystery of their intersection could remain, but can you imagine how eagerly readers would snap up the pieces of the puzzle? It would be a hit!
I thought that was a great idea. But I’m also excited about the idea of a Pynchon book that doesn’t appear as daunting as his last half-dozen books. I hope this rumor is true.