April 15, 2009

I just finished reading a book. It took me a good month. The book was "V." by Thomas Pynchon. I was going to write a little review here but then I clicked over to Wikipedia to see if Pynchon is still alive, (he is, and kicking) and I came upon this passage where Pynchon says he and another writer started a "micro-cult" around a book called "Warlock" by Oakley Hall, which is apparently a western. And I said: "A western called 'Warlock' good enough to inspire a micro-cult? I gotta read that!" And then I said: "Oooh! Micro-cults!" And I thought about micro-cults, and how maybe some suicides, like people who hang themselves alone in their room, are just members of suicide cults of one. People who are their own charismatic leader and also emotionally vulnerable follower. if most religions are based on the precept that they're right about the universe and everyone else is wrong, then people in cults of one believe that once they take their own life in the way they have proscribed to themselves, they will ascend to a very lonely heaven, maybe behind the tail of a comet.

So I won't review "V." but I will say that when I started reading it I thought, "Why is this not more popular than 'On The Road?' It has all the ramblin' and restless aimless youth and 50's-ness and drinking with bongo players and being hungover the next morning sitting on a bus station bench with your coat wrapped around somebody you don't really like, but it's written better and it's cooler and funnier! And the main character is hunting alligators in the sewers of New York, and there are allusions to a system of tunnels people from a mythical land will use to come into our world and kill us all!" and then as I got further along I realized: "Oh, here's why: because every forty pages the main action is broken up by floridly written flashbacks to characters we haven't met yet and won't meet again in Paris or Florence or Africa, and they will stumble around in a haze convinced everyone else is mechanical, and eventually you get to a point where you realize there are only so many pages left and none of it is ever going to really pay off." And that's why it was never as popular as "On The Road:" because no one their Freshman year of college is all that interested in reading aimless flashbacks about madness and slave torture. Also, because according to Wikipedia Pynchon is very reclusive and there are few images of him, whereas Kerouac had the good sense to get lots of pictures taken of him staring inscrutably at a jukebox with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and thus Kerouac is way ahead of Pynchon in terms of people having posters of him hanging in their dorm rooms.

That said, I will read that "Warlock" book, and I will still read "The Crying Of Lot 49" by Pynchon because apparently it features a secret postal service, and that sounds cool as hell.


Some people don't like the horns in "Can't Hardly Wait" by The Replacements. These people are wrong.

The Replacements - "Can't Hardly Wait"

Also, if you don't like The Replacements, you want might to start. As Jay-Z said, "I can't vouch for you if you ain't a part of this."

Posted by DC at April 15, 2009 03:28 PM
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Thanks for this. I looked up these books and bought The Crying of Lot 49. Keep it going Pierson.

Posted by: Devon Martin

The horns aren't bad in that song.

As for The Replacements. In my top 5 favorite bands.

Aaron and I used all Replacement songs for our transitions when we did that sketch show at UMASS.
We also want to start a sketch group called The Substitutes and use all Replacement songs.

Posted by: Frank

Yeah, I agree that there are no posters of Pynchon at least in part because there are approximately three known pictures of the guy: one is from his college days and another is his Navy photo. This guy is the recluse's recluse. He makes J.D. Salinger look like Lindsay Lohan.

Just finished Gravity's Rainbow--I recommend it if you are ok living with a totally fucked mind for the rest of your life.

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