Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Yes, Thomas Pynchon Has a New Novel Out Today- No, it Does Not Feature an Enema Murderer
Thomas Pynchon is a famous American author responsible for many famous and great novels, such as The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow. His latest novel, Inherent Vice, was published today. It's a sort of crime novel set in Los Angeles in the 1960s.
However- it does not have a character who murders people by enema. It does not feature reanimated corpses. There are no occultists. There are no psychiatrists who hypnotize people with therapeutic speech. It does not take place in France in 1901. It does not weave all these elements together into an explosive story that leaves the reader gasping for mercy.
Thomas Pynchon has not allowed anyone to take his photo in years. Could it be that he's too embarrassed that he never wrote a novel about an enema murderer?
No, if you're looking for a novel that combines all those elements, you will have to look to Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist. Read it, and shudder! And laugh!
Inherent Vice pic source.
Thomas Pynchon pic source.