For decades I have been a fan of Thomas Pynchon's novels. The first one I read was "V", still one of my favourites, but, really, I love all of them. There is some geographical and historical magic Pynchon distils in his writing, that permeates his characters in a unique way. Maxine Tarnow, in Bleeding Edge, … Continue reading Inherent Vice #ThomasPynchon #PaulThomasAnderson #atthemovies
"And the hard part is that she knows better, knows that beneath the high-cap scumscapes created by the corporate order and celebrated in the media, there are depths where petty fraud becomes grave and often deadly sin." ~ Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge For the past twenty years, that’s the time we have been sheltering in … Continue reading Against Evil
I haven’t finished reading Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, and I will later adorn my Goodreads page with my conclusion. Suffice to say that Thomas Pynchon is, for this reader, one of the four vortices of the magic square, that which is at the heart of my love for contemporary American letters: Pynchon - Stephen King … Continue reading Talking about Maxine
VVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVV VVVVVVV VVVVV VVVV VVV VV V. V is Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, published in 1963. V has two story lines, that ultimately converge on the island of Malta. V stands for “Veronica”, as well as … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 25, 2013 ~ V.
Thurn und Taxis Most of my readers will be familiar with the courier company TNT, but probably not with its historical origins. The family of Thurn und Taxis are one of the oldest princely houses of Germany, with roots in the Italian early 12th century. Those princes were builders, brewers, and the inventors of the … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 23, 2013 ~ Thurn und Taxis
Blogging is an intriguing art. I do think it is an art, and of course one can practise it badly... Two dear friends, who do it magically, are Old Big Jim and Marny Copal, who have both been nominated for the Liebster Award, by Seumas Gallacher and John Dolan, respectively. Independently and at a few hours interval, … Continue reading Am liebsten
Well, my dear friend Marina Sofia, who somehow finds time to write, has honoured this sinner of the very special Booker Award, and that seems to be particularly aimed at book lovers, and perhaps poets: indeed I am a book worm, if not totally immersed in fictional worlds... I have to say that among my … Continue reading For those who refuse to live in the real world: #Booker Award!
I blushed last night when I realised Damian had nominated me for this most challenging of award: the Liebster - love the name too. Damian "makes things up and writes them down" at The Gray Pen, which makes at least the two of us (smile), and admits "to write about the spooky things that … Continue reading I love this badge: #Liebster Award!
Transit of Venus “What made them leave home and set sail upon dangerous seas, determining where upon the Globe they must go, was not - Pace any Astrologists in the room - the Heavenly Event by itself, but rather that unshining Assembly of Human Needs, of which Venus, at the instant of going dark, is … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Orange
In response to: http://kdrush.com/Main/content.php/179-The-TopTenBooks-Challenge #10 The Kindly Ones (Les Bienveillantes) by Jonathan Littell: I have listed this harrowing account of evil as I was surprised by the description of Europe's worst nightmare by a young American author, who, besides, wrote in French. This is a giant of a book, and the horror is not imagined, … Continue reading #toptenbooks