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Thomas Pynchon’s Childhood Home   Leave a comment

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Thomas Pynchon’s Childhood Home

83 Walnut Avenue, East Norwich, Long Island

It’s the street before your childhood home: stony, rutted and cracked, water shining in puddles. You set out to the left. (Usually in these dreams of home you prefer the landscape to the right—broad night-lawns, towered over by ancient walnut trees, a hill, a wooden fence, hollow-eyed horses in a field, a cemetery. . .. Your task, in these dreams, is often to cross—under the trees, through the shadows—before something happens. Often you go into the fallow field just below the graveyard, full of autumn brambles and rabbits, where the gypsies live.

Gravity’s Rainbow

Posted November 27, 2010 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Marine Captain Esberg from Pasadena and the Mystery Insight   Leave a comment

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Marine Captain Esberg from Pasadena and the Mystery Insight

Tom Pynchon’s Aptos, California hideout, circa 1980s

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Posted November 12, 2010 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Encounter with Yurok Woge   Leave a comment

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Encounter with Yurok Woge

Yurok country

Patrick’s Point

(1976-1977) 187 Bazemore Lane, Trinidad, California

Tom’s hideaway in a small cabin about 40 yards east of Tom’s landlady’s (Maria Von Trapp) main house

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Posted November 10, 2010 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Location, Surveillance, Detection   1 comment

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Location, Surveillance, Detection

In  “Thomas and Evelyn” Harrison Frost says Pynchon first lived at a different location in Manhattan Beach, CA:  “Before moving to the place on 33rd Street, Pynchon had lived in a small bachelor apartment behind her [Evelyn’s] home on The Strand.” 

Evelyn Guy’s beachfront rental duplex. Tom lived on the first floor and Evelyn’s friend B.J. lived on the second floor.  Because this duplex was torn down in 1973, Tom only lived here a short time before moving to Evelyn’s other rental apartment at 217 33rd Street.  However, he did continue to receive his mail at this address.

3404 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA
aka: 3405 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

 

3404 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

3404 The Strand (aka 3405 Ocean Dr.)

 

Posted November 2, 2010 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Tom Pynchon’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood   Leave a comment

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Tom Pynchon’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood

Manhattan  Beach and Hermosa Beach have a few  locations that Tom Pynchon, no doubt, frequented.  After all he lived there for about 10 years or so…

Pynchon was alleged to be a customer at Either/Or Bookstore.  The bookstore is no longer there, but memories of Pynchon linger.   According to Peter Pott, former manager of the now-closed Either/Or Bookstore in Hermosa Beach, Pynchon was a frequent visitor to the store around 1970 and 1971.

Either/Or Bookstore, 124 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA

Pynchon spent a lot of time at the Fractured Cow, a Manhattan Beach local hang out.  Today The Fractured Cow is Beach Pizza.  The building is still the same and is located just a short walk from Pynchon’s 217 33rd rental house.

Fractured Cow, 3301 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA

Moon’s Market, 3307 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA

El Tarasco, 316 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA

Juicy James was a hot dog stand in Hermosa Beach.  Most likely, Pynchon had a few Juicy James hot dogs.  The stand is no longer there, but the memory of Pynchon at Juicy James is found in his novel Inherent Vice.

Juicy James, 37 14th St., Hermosa Beach, CA

Lighthouse Cafe, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA

Doc, a gumsandal private eye, must have frequented Greeko’s Sandals, the oldest operating head shop in California. Since 1966 Greeko’s Sandals has sold everything from tie-die & rock band T-shirts, shoes & sandals, incense, candles, to colorful pipes and water pipes.

Greeko’s Sandals, 1120 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CAL

Cove Cinema, 1229 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CAL

Cove Cinema, 1229 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CAL

Posted November 1, 2010 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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