Forthcoming…Conversations with Thomas Pynchon.   Leave a comment

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Conversations with Thomas Pynchon.

Malta University Press (tba)

Readers have been asking, “What does Tom have to say about today’s events?” Well…, in 1962 Tom said, “… If that bastard is elected president (or even nominated) I’m leaving the country and staying away. The GOP screwed up once, in ’52, as you know, by nominating that drooling imbecile what’s-his-name instead of a legitimate conservative like Taft. They are now reaping the result, namely an irresponsible and possibly lunatic right wing. Nominating Romney is only going to compound the felony: Romney is nothing but an organization man, a technician without principles. … In a sense every vote for Romney at the ’64 convention will be a vote for the destruction of the GOP as we have known it. (1962 letter to Bob Hillock)

Now don’t get pissed off.  But I can’t come to the conference.  Nor will I even be covering the convention, much as I would like to see old Barry get put down. …  Not that I don’t like your country, I do; some of my best friends are Americans.  But I can’t seem to get anything done while I’m inside the continental limits.  ….There is also the matter of Kennedy’s assasination, which hit me harder than I will probably ever tell anybody, or even admit to myself, not because of how I felt about him, which as you know was favorable, but because I thought we were through with that kind of crap….  The logic being that political murders should not be part of a civilized democracy, and if they are then something is wrong with the country, and by extension something is wrong with me, and you too.  …, what is wrong with the commonwealth also has to be wrong to some extent with us,…. I feel useless at talking about politics,… (1964 letter to Bob Hillock)

Tell me about this “Declaration of Independence II,” and this “new Constitution,” cz I’m way out of touch. The declaration part sounds OK, but who wants another constitution? Piece of f***ing paper got nothing to do with the people out here, out in the country, here….what’s wrong with building it from real and local to (or, towards) abstract and national (not even that far, if possible) instead of just the same ass-backwards way again? Eh? (1974 letter to David & Mary)

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Asking Tom, “What do you think of the riots and police in America? Has America changed?” He might recall May 1966 :

The night of May 7, after a chase that began in Watts and ended 50 blocks farther north, two Los Angeles Policemen, Caucasians, succeeded in halting a car driven by Leonard Deadwyler, a Negro.  With him were his pregnant wife and a friend.  The younger cop (who’d once had a complaint brought against him for rousting some Negro kids around in a more than usually abusive way) went over and stuck his head and gun in the car window to talk to Deadwyler.  A moment later there was a shot; the young Negro fell sideways in the seat, and died.  The last thing he said, according to the other cop, was, “She’s going to have a baby.”


…The verdict, to no one’s surprise, cleared the cop of all criminal responsibility.  It had been an accident. …  As far as [the D.A.] was concerned the case was closed. … But as far as Watts is concerned, it’s still very much open.  (A Journey Into the Mind of Watts, June 12, 1966)

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Gerde’s Folk City   1 comment

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Greenwich Village, NY: Thomas Pynchon at Gerde’s Folk City, 11 W. 4th Street, 1 Block West of Broadway.

Well, I met Tom — I think I met him more in New York at Gerde’s Folk City, that kind of thing, which was a place we initially all went to. I remember Tom as a man who was preternaturally almost — he had the aura of someone who stood in the back of a room and was looking at everything, taking in everything. He was very much a man who was attentive to everything that was going on. And he exuded a kind of almost genius that way, as if he had this enormous talent as an observer. (David Shetzline)

Gerde's Folk City, 11 W. 4th Street, 1 Block West of Broadway

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Oyster Bay High School yearbook (1953), part 3   Leave a comment

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On the Thomas Trail…

Thomas Pynchon at Oyster Bay High School (1953).

 

 

01 Tom Pynchon Oyster Bay High School 1953

Oyster Bay High School (1953) – Pynchon, Thomas

02 Pynchon and a few of The Boys

Oyster Bay High School (1953) – Tom and a few of “The Boys”

03 Oysterette 1953 - Thomas Pynchon best student

Oyster Bay High School (1953) – Tom Pynchon is best student (and Mary Thompson too)

04 Senior class play - You Can't Take It With You -student director tom Pynchon

Oyster Bay High School (1953) – senior class play You Can’t Take It with You, Tom Pynchon student director

05 Purple and Gold - Life and Times of Hamster High

Oyster Bay High School (1953) – The Purple and Gold column by Tom Pynchon: “Life and Times of Hamster High,” and the “Boys”

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Oyster Bay High School yearbook(1953), part 2   Leave a comment

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On the Thomas Trail…

Thomas Pynchon Oysterette editor.

 

09 Oysterette Staff - editor Thomas Pynchon

Oyster Bay High School (1953) Oysterette Staff

010 Thomas Pynchon Oysterette editor 1953_01

Oyster Bay High School (1953) Thomas Pynchon editor

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Oyster Bay High School (1953) Thomas Pynchon editor

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Oyster Bay High School yearbook (1953), part 1   Leave a comment

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On the Thomas Trail…

Thomas Pynchon at Oyster Bay high school (1953) – National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Math Club

 

06 National Honor Society

Oyster Bay High School (1953) National Honor Society

07 Spanish Club

Oyster Bay High School (1953) Spanish Club

08 Math Club

Oyster Bay High School (1953) Math Club

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Thomas Pynchon Wins $100,000   Leave a comment

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Thomas Pynchon Wins $100,000

 💰 Spring 2018: Writer Thomas Pynchon Wins Inaugural $100,000 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award in Literature – American Academy of Arts and Letters

Paper money, gold certificate.  1978.0941.807.

Writer Thomas Pynchon Wins Inaugural $100,000 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award in Literature ? American Academy of Arts and Letters

 

On the Thomas Trail…   2 comments

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On the Thomas Trail…

🚶 … Broadway, Upper West Side, New York

 

Thomas Pynchon at W 81st and Broadway, Upper West Side

On the Thomas Trail down Broadway …🚶

 

Foto Thomas Ekström

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Tom’s box of books at Bob and Ginny Hillock’s Seattle home   Leave a comment

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(1961-1962) Tom’s friends Bob and Ginny Hillock

13539 23rd Avenue N.E., Seattle 55, Washington

1 December 1962 Tom writes letter to Bob from Mexico City: “To get certain miscellaneous crap out of the way: if it’s not bugging you by its presence, that box of books might just as well stay where it is for awhile. Unless for some reason it’s an imposition. I don’t know how long I’ll be staying here, see, is what it is, and I don’t know, workwise, when exactly I’ll be needing the books in the box. Also, it is getting toward the end of the year, which means the Kite Factory [Boeing] ought to be sending out W-2 forms any time now. That is if you are still at the kite factory. If you are, you could do me a favor. They don’t have an address for me. Could you, maybe, buddy, tell them to send it to you, the W-2 forms, and you could send it on to me?…”

01_Bob (Robert) and Ginny (Virginia) Hillock - 13539 23RD AVE NE 98125. Parcel. 638150-2015

1 Dec 1962 Tom's letter to Rob Hillock

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J. Kirkpatrick Sale – October 1969   Leave a comment

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J. Kirkpatrick Sale – October 1969

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31 West 11th Street, New York, N.Y.

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31 West 11th Street, New York, N.Y.

31 West 11th Street, New York, N.Y.

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J. Kirkpatrick Sale – 1969

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Room 702: 80 West 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10011

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Room 702: 80 West 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10011

Room 702: 80 West 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10011

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