Oxford 1978: Thomas Pynchon was a very good tiddlywinks player!   1 comment

The Thomas Trail: every contact leaves traces

 

 

 

Oxford 1978: Thomas Pynchon was a very good tiddlywinks player!

[Oxford 1978]

  • Drew’s friend and her mother live with Pynchon in London (possibly near New College)
  • Tom calls Christopher Higgins on the phone because British Customs and Excise are after him
  • Brian Morton meets Tom at a London party
  • Somewhere out there is a letter from Tom to Cort Fernald, an aspiring novelist, dated 21 May 1978, posted 7:15 p.m. 28 May 1978, from London NW 1, with no return address.

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Christopher Hitchens Tom Encounter copy

Far Cry excerpt by Brian Morton

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Posted March 18, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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One response to “Oxford 1978: Thomas Pynchon was a very good tiddlywinks player!

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  1. Greetings from Cort Fernald, aspiring writer in 1978. Yes, I have a copy of a letter Pynchon sent me. He replied to a letter I sent him. I was chastised for being a “fan” and doing a bit of fawning. (Who wouldn’t?) He said he only ever wanted to be a DJ, like Crying of Lot 49. He did refer me to his agent–but that manuscript was rejected. Still–THANKS, Tom. Reading through this fascinating site I think he replied because I was living in Ashland, Oregon at the time. A place I am sure he passed through in his West Coast/Northwest rambles. The original copy of the letter is now with a collector in Oakland. I aspire still–ALGONQUIN & SISTERS’ SECRET on Amazon. Cheers

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