As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve spent a good bit of time over the past couple of years thinking about what I call the technological history of modernity. I have also suggested that one of the key figures in understanding this history is Thomas Pynchon. So as I begin to ask myself more seriously whether I want to take a stab at writing this particular account of How We Got to Be Who We Are, I’m thinking that I need to do a serious and thorough re-read of Pynchon — the whole of his work. So over the next few weeks (months?), though probably not to the exclusion of everything else, that’s what I’m going to be doing here at Text Patterns: reporting on my reading of Pynchon. I’ll work in chronological order:
It’s possible that, since I’ve read and written about the last two novels fairly recently, I’ll stop after Against the Day. I also suspect that if I can make it through Against the Day, something I’ve failed to do in three previous efforts, I’ll be exhausted. But we’ll see how that goes.
Also, as I’m reading I’m bound to notice some themes from the earlier books that re-appear in the later ones, so I might do some anticipatory exploration of those themes. Basically, I’m gonna do what I want, is what I’m saying. But y’all knew that already.