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Forthcoming…Conversations with Thomas Pynchon.   Leave a comment

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Conversations with Thomas Pynchon.

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

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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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Thomas Pynchon Oysterette editor.

 

09 Oysterette Staff - editor Thomas Pynchon

Oyster Bay High School (1953) Oysterette Staff

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

 

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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

Posted February 21, 2019 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Ever wonder why they call it Zacatecas, Zacatecas? Or why it’s Guanajuato, Guanajuato?   1 comment

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Ever wonder why they call it Zacatecas, Zacatecas? Or why it’s Guanajuato, Guanajuato?

Thomas Pynchon’s hotel

(March 9, 1963)  Hotel Central (Rm. 32) Ave. Juares 111, Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico

In 1963, when Time magazine sent a photographer to Mexico City to find Pynchon, legend has it that he jumped out the window of his apartment and fled into the mountains [Guanajuato] to escape.

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Posted February 22, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Seattle 1960s   1 comment

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Thomas Pynchon’s Seattle Home

(August 1961)   4709 1/2, 9th Avenue, N.E., Seattle 5, WA 98105

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Posted February 22, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon cameo   Leave a comment

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Thomas Pynchon cameo – Inherent Vice
Inherent_Vice_film_posterThomas Pynchon cameo – Inherent Vice

On the Thomas Trail, of course, I want to find the rumored Tom cameo.  I’m confident I have the means (not telling!) to identify the cameo, but I will need to wait to see Inherent Vice once again after it comes out on DVD.  Check back later….

UPDATE: I finally viewed my Blu-Ray Inherent Vice movie. Based on my sources, I did not see any person in the movie that looked like the mysterious Thomas Pynchon (6/25/2015).

Posted February 21, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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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.

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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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