Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice Reviewed

Aug 6, 2009 by

The new book from the elusive but wildly popular (well, if you swim in the literary circles) Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, has been out for 2 days (already!).  The web isn’t awash with reviews of the book, as far as I know, but one of the places that does have one up is on Slate. 

Check it out here.

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Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Mar 21, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Recorded 22 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

After Gem begins with a terribly tragic story of her beloved Dalek doll, the babblers launch into a discussion on books that elicit strong emotions from its readers.  Find out which books still emotionally affect Renee since she was 6 till this very day (which I understand is not a very long time at all), and Gem’s as well (it goes without saying that Donny doesn’t cry from reading).  Besides sadness, the babblers also talked a little about books that elicit anger, horror.  Finally, Renee closes with a heart-warming story of a long-lost textbook.

Show Length: 65:10 mins

Books mentioned in show:

[audio:http://m.podshow.com/media/17719/episodes/148166/bookbabbletheshow-148166-03-21-2009.mp3]

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Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Mar 21, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Recorded 22 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

After Gem begins with a terribly tragic story of her beloved Dalek doll, the babblers launch into a discussion on books that elicit strong emotions from its readers.  Find out which books still emotionally affect Renee since she was 6 till this very day (which I understand is not a very long time at all), and Gem’s as well (it goes without saying that Donny doesn’t cry from reading).  Besides sadness, the babblers also talked a little about books that elicit anger, horror.  Finally, Renee closes with a heart-warming story of a long-lost textbook.

Show Length: 65:10 mins

Books mentioned in show:

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Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better!

Mar 14, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better!

Recorded 15 March 2009

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

This week’s topic is about authors who suck over time; examples of writers who start off their careers with a bang, but slowly whimper and choke as their output quality deteriorate over time.  The babblers discusses why this happens, and touch on authors who do not suck as they go along.  Also, Donny talks about an attempt to improve on a timeless Jane Austen classic with, uhm, something you might not expect.

Show Length: 63:50 mins

Authors mentioned in show:

  • Stephen King
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Paul Auster
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Philip Roth
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Gore Vidal
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Agatha Christie
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Harper Lee
  • Frank Herbert
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Robert Jordan
  • Jim Butcher

Links:

Note: There’s a bit of static when I speak, and I apologize for that.  Looks like I may have to start investing in a professional mic… (or just a professional to replace me).

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J.D. Salinger is more elusive than Thomas Pynchon?

Jan 2, 2009 by

As J. D. Salinger celebrates his birthday today, NYTimes has an article up on his apparent reclusiveness.

Of course, I know of only one other author who is so obsessive about not being in the public eye, and that’s the famously elusive Thomas Pynchon.

Salinger is of course most noted for A Catcher in the Rye.

So, Mr Salinger, Happy Birthday, and, uhm, let’s take a picture sometime!

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