It's not just Tom Cruisazy's game
anymore. Katie's looking rough, and we haven't seen so much as the
tiniest glimpse of their L. Ron Hubbard-approved lovechild Suri, but now we've got the insider info on Thomas Pynchon's sixth novel, Against the Day, due in December from Penguin Press.
This is the stuff of dreams! The internerd's crazy Pynchon cult has
got its collective groupie panties in a twist over the
author's not-so-anonymous Amazon.com posting. Gosh, writers DO use
Amazon for more than just checking their ratings and micro-managing
nasty review commentary (holler at ya, Anne Rice)! Publisher's Marketplace reports:
The description of Thomas Pynchon's forthcoming novel AGAINST THE DAY referred to in Slate yesterday,
pulled down from Amazon's official product page but preserved by a site
visitor on Amazon's discussion board, is indeed by the author,
confirmed by Tracy Locke at Penguin Press.
Locke adds that the Slate piece incorrectly claimed she "disavowed
all knowledge" of the post. "I explained to Troy Patterson that I was
unaware that any sort of book description had been posted on Amazon and
that I'd not seen it -- and therefore could not comment on its
Amazon's Sean Sundwall tells the AP it was Penguin that asked for
the posting to be withdrawn, "due to a late change in scheduling on
A late change in scheduling? Whatever. God, we adore Pynchon fans.
Here's one example of their breathless speculation before Penguin
confirmed that it was indeed Pynchon who authored the post: "All
new counter cultures are hypertextual, web-based, the best way for
Pynchon to push the envelope is to bring the new subculture into the
'game' the best way to do that is hypertextually by entertaining
'tickling the creature' about what they are obsessed with (they are
obsessed with Pynchon the recluse, the hoax photos, what have you)."
That is, like, totally what we were thinking.
ELSEWHERE:Gawker on PynchonThe archived Amazon.com postJoin the chatter on the Amazon.com Pynchonian Discussion BoardPynchon's insanely comprehensive Wiki
Check out this sparkle in homeskillet's eyes. And that smile! So post-modern! We got your back, Thom.