Just Pre-Ordered My Own Copy of Inherent Vice!
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I'm going to pre-order IV soon!
Get ready for the LSD Investigations (Location, Surveillance, Detection).
Did I say that out loud?
An interesting calendrical coincidence, I must say; but knowing Pynchon...
"Back then it was always sandals, bottom half of a flower-print bikini, faded Country Joe and the Fish T-shirt.
*AUGUST 4th,, 1968 - Newport Pop Festival (Country Joe and the Fish ), Costa Mesa, California"
"It was Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane who first said: "If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren't really there."
*AUGUST 4th, 1968 - Newport Pop Festival (Jefferson Airplane), Costa Mesa, California"
Both Country Joe and the Fish & Jefferson Airplane performed at the 1968 - Newport Pop Festival on.............. AUGUST 4TH.
Is it ironic or coincidence that they were both mentioned in Inherent Vice's Penguin Press Notes?
"And it's one two three what are we fighting for..."
IV's cover is going to clash with Mason & Dixons'.
This will probably be the first novel I will have finished and then immediately re-read. I'm on Ch. 16, and I'm lovin' it. Doc has become one of my favorite literary characters, and unlike some of the other Pynchon novels, this one should find an entirely new audience.
"In the end, only kindness matters."
Like all of Pynchon's novels, they have many layers. As to those layers, Pynchon refuses to spoon feed the reader. If your engagement in reading Inherent Vice is as passive as staring at the TV, you'll miss those layers behind the surface story.
As to SEEing those deeper layers, I'll just say a few words to point you in the right direction:
"the map is not the territory, the word is not the thing"
remember Gummo Marx? remember John Garfield?
And what exatcly is the Inherent Vice of Pynchon's "Inherent Vice"? Ask Thomas Jefferson!
Since I haven't read Inherent Vice, I'll not raise to your cheap debating tactics.
Pynchon had his own opinions about the Tube. May I suggest reading his underrated epic Vineland
"Lebowski" has its layers as well, since it was written and directed by those Oscar-lauded hacks Los Bros Coen. It's not like its some Kevin Costner-helmed postapocalyptic epic about mailmen. The BFI series has a wonderful critical analysis of "Lebowski." It's worth picking up and reading. It's not even that long.