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Friday, October 3, 2008

Book Rumor Excitement!

posted by on October 3 at 12:00 PM

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.

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I still haven't finished Against The Day and it isn't for lack of trying. That book is incredibly dense.

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | October 3, 2008 12:19 PM

"Against the Day" is his complete and total masterpiece. I remember thinking when I finished it that he doesn't need to write another word as long as he lives, but I'm fuckin' thrilled to hear that he will.

Posted by levide | October 3, 2008 12:22 PM

Rumors come and go. I hope this one's true. I enjoyed a lot of AGAINST THE DAY, but haven't been able to give it the re-reading that it deserves.

Posted by Roscoe | October 3, 2008 12:23 PM

i've never been able to finish one of his books.

Posted by brandon | October 3, 2008 12:40 PM

In film criticism, there is a saying which roughly goes, "there is no such thing as a bad film which is too short, or a good film which is too long." Which is to say that, if it holds you over its duration (whatever its duration) then its good. If it doesn't hold you then it's not good.

The editing corollary is that "time is audience capital." If you use invest this capital in the film, it had better pay off before people lose interest. The problem is determining how many of which people you can afford to lose. The hidden factor being whether the viewing audience can still feel their asses after a while.

So Paul, I take it that Pynchon, puts your ass to sleep?

Posted by Former editor | October 3, 2008 1:41 PM

If it's half as good as McCarthy's crack at the pulp crime novel, then hell yeah.

If you want a short Pynchon book you'll laugh all the way through, read The Crying of Lot 49. Definitely one of his two or three best.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | October 3, 2008 4:15 PM

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