A gathering impossible/General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

A DAY OR TWO LATER, Lew went up to Carefree Court. The hour was advanced, the light failing, the air heated by the Santa Ana wind. Palm trees rattled briskly, and the rats in their nests up there hung on for dear life. Lew approached through a twilit courtyard lined with tileroofed bungalows, stucco archways,… Continue reading A gathering impossible/General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

A gathering impossible / General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

A DAY OR TWO LATER, Lew went up to Carefree Court. The hour was advanced, the light failing, the air heated by the Santa Ana wind. Palm trees rattled briskly, and the rats in their nests up there hung on for dear life. Lew approached through a twilit courtyard lined with tileroofed bungalows, stucco archways,… Continue reading A gathering impossible / General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“…the amazing, world-reversing night of Fourth of July Eve 1899″ (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

For years after, there were tales told in Colorado of the amazing, world-reversing night of Fourth of July Eve 1899. Next day’d be full of rodeos, marching bands, and dynamite explosions—but that night there was man-made lightning, horses gone crazy for miles out into the prairie, electricity flooding up through the iron of their shoes, […]

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“…the amazing, world-reversing night of Fourth of July Eve 1899″ (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

For years after, there were tales told in Colorado of the amazing, world-reversing night of Fourth of July Eve 1899. Next day’d be full of rodeos, marching bands, and dynamite explosions—but that night there was man-made lightning, horses gone crazy for miles out into the prairie, electricity flooding up through the iron of their shoes,… Continue reading “…the amazing, world-reversing night of Fourth of July Eve 1899″ (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

List of Possible Descriptors for Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day

Study of light and non-light Byzantine mosaic Codex of visible and invisible Musical comedy Daffy Anarchist golf Photograph—the posing of, the taking of, the development of, the product of, the negative of, the future of, the past of, the continuous present of, the potential of… Revenge story Spy game Study of physical and metaphysical Likely… Continue reading List of Possible Descriptors for Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day

A gathering impossible/General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

A DAY OR TWO LATER, Lew went up to Carefree Court. The hour was advanced, the light failing, the air heated by the Santa Ana wind. Palm trees rattled briskly, and the rats in their nests up there hung on for dear life. Lew approached through a twilit courtyard lined with tileroofed bungalows, stucco archways,… Continue reading A gathering impossible/General merriment (From Pynchon’s Against the Day)

The Chums of Chance Meet the Wandering Sisterhood of the Sodality of Ætheronauts (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

CROSSING THE ROCKIES, they found aloft an invisible repetition of the material terrain beneath them. Three-dimensional flows of cold air followed the flow of rivers far below. Air currents ascended sunny sides of mountains at the same steep angles as colder air drained down the shady sides. Sometimes they would be caught in this cycling,… Continue reading The Chums of Chance Meet the Wandering Sisterhood of the Sodality of Ætheronauts (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“…in the direction of increasing entropy” (Another Riff on Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day)

1. So in the final pages of Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon takes us back to those heroes of the ether who initiated the book, the Chums of Chance. They’ve been absent for a long stretch, with only the occasional mention here or there to assure us that yes, they are still in the narrative, but under… Continue reading “…in the direction of increasing entropy” (Another Riff on Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day)

The Chums of Chance Reading List (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

Titles of The Chums of Chance books mentioned in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day: The Chums of Chance and the Evil Halfwit The Chums of Chance and the Curse of the Great Kahuna The Chums of Chance and the Ice Pirates The Chums of Chance Nearly Crash into the Kremlin The Chums of Chance and the Caged Women… Continue reading The Chums of Chance Reading List (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“So of course we use them” / Scarsdale Vibe’s Last Evil Monologue (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

Scarsdale Vibe was addressing the Las Animas-Huerfano Delegation of the Industrial Defense Alliance (L.A.H.D.I.D.A~) gathered in the casino of an exclusive hot-springs resort up near the Continental Divide. Enormous windows revealed and framed mountain scenery like picture postcards hand-tinted by a crew brought in from across the sea and all slightly colorblind. The clientele looked… Continue reading “So of course we use them” / Scarsdale Vibe’s Last Evil Monologue (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“Nights were populated by light-bearing women, who found their way through the forest as if it were day” (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

FOR THIS PARTICULAR STRETCH of Pacific slope, Tapachula was town— you wanted to relax or raise hell or both at the same time, you went in to Tapachula. Frank tended to spend time at a cantina called El Quetzal Dormido, drinking either maguey brandy from Comitán or the at first horrible but after a while… Continue reading “Nights were populated by light-bearing women, who found their way through the forest as if it were day” (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

Cocktail Recipe: The Crocodile, a Traditional Anarchist Favorite (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“I’ll be in the bar,” said Reef. Yzles-Bains was in fact one of the few places on the continent of Europe where a sober Anarchist could find a decent Crocodile—equal amounts of rum, absinthe, and the grape spirits known as trois-six—a traditional Anarchist favorite, which Loïc the bartender, a veteran of the Paris Commune, claimed to… Continue reading Cocktail Recipe: The Crocodile, a Traditional Anarchist Favorite (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

Anarchists’ Golf (Maybe a Synecdoche of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day)

THE NEXT DAY Reef, Cyprian, and Ratty were out on the Anarchists’ golf course, during a round of Anarchists’ Golf, a craze currently sweeping the civilized world, in which there was no fixed sequence—in fact, no fixed number—of holes, with distances flexible as well, some holes being only putter-distance apart, others uncounted hundreds of yards… Continue reading Anarchists’ Golf (Maybe a Synecdoche of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day)

“Reindeer discovered again their ancient powers of flight,” and other Tunguska effects (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

FOR A WHILE after the Event, crazed Raskol’niki ran around in the woods, flagellating themselves and occasional onlookers who got too close, raving about Tchernobyl, the destroying star known as Wormwood in the book of Revelation. Reindeer discovered again their ancient powers of flight, which had lapsed over the centuries since humans began invading the… Continue reading “Reindeer discovered again their ancient powers of flight,” and other Tunguska effects (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“Your whole history in America has been one long religious war, secret crusades, disguised under false names” (Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“Not quite how it sorts out. Differences among the world religions are in fact rather trivial when compared to the common enemy, the ancient and abiding darkness which all hate, fear, and struggle against without cease”— he made a broad gesture to indicate the limitless taiga all around them— “Shamanism. There isn’t a primitive people… Continue reading “Your whole history in America has been one long religious war, secret crusades, disguised under false names” (Pynchon’s Against the Day)