7/20/2006

Pynchon Amazons Pynchon?

According to Slate: "Last week, Amazon.com put up a page that listed Untitled Thomas Pynchon at a svelte 992 pages and bore a description purportedly written by the master himself." The description was promptly removed. (But you can still preorder the hefty untitled tome for $22.50 (you save 37%) for delivery in December.) A retrieved version of the text can be found here.

Now, what's the deal? Conspiracy theories: a) Pynchon is generating buzz (see also his "appearance" on the Simpsons); b) Amazon just jumped the gun; c) there's no book at all; d) the novel will reflect the nature of the deceased description: Pynchon is parodying his own writing (this would be postmodern pastiche taken to a whole new level, no? ); e) (this and the following are my contributions to the fray) Amazon, being a blundering monolith, sent Pynchon's editor a request for a description, and someone (the author himself?) sent a snide reply, which was posted to, and then removed from, the Amazon site; or f) someone at Amazon was having fun.

I smell a rat.

Any which way you shake it, I'm a dithering idiot in anticipation of the book.

Although, to be honest, if the author-blurb is real (a real what?), then I'm a little skeptical.

We'll see.

11 Comments:

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous bookfraud said...

interesting observations re: pynchon, which i just so happened to have blogged about myself...i don't want to consider the whole thing a possible joke -- that would mean no novel, and i need my pynchon fix...

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger ErrantDigeratus said...

I am so into the idea of Pynchon parodying Pynchon that I'm having trouble forming complete sentences. The idea of self-parody when parody is so strange a thing to begin with in a post-Hutcheon/Jameson critical sphere is hilarious, and thrilling. I wonder what I need to do to get a review copy?

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger hanged lone loon said...

In the end, Bookfraud, I'm sure there will be a book; I just wonder what relation it will bear to the mysterious Amazon post, in terms of content and spirit.

Okay, I have a question. What would Pynchon parodying Pynchon look like? He would, um, take his style beyond its reasonable extremes? His characters and plots would become caricatures? Honestly, what is pastiche of pastiche? My mind just exploded.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger illya said...

Looks, sadly, like something of a false alarm.
http://www.slate.com/id/2146272/
Or perhaps Slate is in on the conspiracy?

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger illya said...

Oh, come on, blogspot.
Here's the link.

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger hanged lone loon said...

Looks like it was b. Oh well.

But now we have a title! Let the ruminations begin.

 
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At 9:15 AM, Blogger x.- said...

Conspiracy? Wow.

Take the green and yellow pills, man. Do it.

 
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