1958 Ithaca, NY: Thomas Pynchon at Richard Farina’s party.   Leave a comment

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1958 Ithaca, NY: Thomas Pynchon at Richard Farina’s party.

In May of 1958, Richard Farina and J. Kirkpatrick Sale were sharing an apartment at 109 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY, while both attended Cornell University.

Tom Says:

We ran with different crowds, so our paths only crossed now and then. One day in the spring I was crossing the Arts Quad and spotted Farina, reclining on the green grass with an open book. We nodded, said hello. “Listen,” Farina said, “I’m having a party Saturday night at my place on College Avenue, if you want to fall by.” Which was how I first encountered his remarkable gift of civility. As we chatted, a strange thing was also happening. Coeds I had lusted after across deep lecture halls were actually altering course, here, out in the daylight, to stop and talk to Farina. He was inviting them to his party too. Oboy, I thought to myself, oboy.

109 College Avenue

109 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY

 

109 College Ave Ithaca

109 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY

 

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Posted April 4, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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