A place must be made for innocence | Gravity’s Rainbow, annotations and illustrations for page 419

In a corporate State 1, a place must be made for innocence, and its many uses 2. In developing an official version of innocence, the culture of childhood has proven invaluable 3 . Games, fairy-tales, legends from history, all the paraphernalia of make-believe 4 can be adapted and even embodied in a physical place, such as at Zwölfkinder 5. Over the… Continue reading A place must be made for innocence | Gravity’s Rainbow, annotations and illustrations for page 419

Gravity’s Rainbow annotations (so far)

I’ll be adding to these and then doing more the next time (?!) I read Gravity’s Rainbow. Pages 82-83: The White Visitation, etc. Page 103: Black Markets, King Kong, etc. Pages 148-49: Preterite/Elect, Lurianic Kabbalah, Uncanny X-Men, etc. Page 203: Rainbows, Fuck-yous, Plastic Man, etc. Pages 204-05: Paper, mise en abyme, a silkenness of girls, etc. Page… Continue reading Gravity’s Rainbow annotations (so far)

69 Gravity’s Rainbow Anagrams

Rainbow’s Gravity Vibrators Yawing I Saw Vibrant Orgy Aviary Bowstring Warty Virgin’s Boa Varsity War Bingo Brain Sow Gravity Wintry Bag Savior Bargain Ivy Worts Abstain, Wry Vigor! A Gravity Bro Wins Wry Bi Navigators Braying Sitar Vow Wait, Braving Rosy Raving Ways Orbit Vagina Bits Worry Bit Vaginas—Worry Vibrating Ya Rows Winy Gravitas, Bro Nay—Vibrator… Continue reading 69 Gravity’s Rainbow Anagrams

Gravity’s Rainbow — Annotations and illustrations for pages 82-83

Overhead, on the molded plaster ceiling, Methodist versions of Christ’s kingdom swarm: lions cuddle with lambs, fruit spills lushly and without pause into the arms and about the feet of gentlemen and ladies, swains and milkmaids. No one’s expression is quite right. The wee creatures leer, the fiercer beasts have a drugged or sedated look,… Continue reading Gravity’s Rainbow — Annotations and illustrations for pages 82-83

A last riff (for now) on Gravity’s Rainbow (and Disney’s Fantasia)

Disney’s Fantasia is one of the better film adaptations of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow.  At least this thought zipped into my head a few weeks back, as I watched the film with my wife and kids. I was in the middle of a second reading of the novel, an immediate rereading prompted by the first reading. It looped me back in.… Continue reading A last riff (for now) on Gravity’s Rainbow (and Disney’s Fantasia)

The politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted (Gravity’s Rainbow)

It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted… secretly, it was being dictated instead by the needs of technology… by a conspiracy between human beings and techniques, by something that needed the energy-burst of war, crying, “Money be damned, the very life… Continue reading The politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted (Gravity’s Rainbow)

The Great Serpent holding its own tail in its mouth (Gravity’s Rainbow)

Kekulé dreams the Great Serpent holding its own tail in its mouth, the dreaming Serpent which surrounds the World. But the meanness, the cynicism with which this dream is to be used. The Serpent that announces, “The World is a closed thing, cyclical, resonant, eternally-returning,” is to be delivered into a system whose only aim… Continue reading The Great Serpent holding its own tail in its mouth (Gravity’s Rainbow)

A first riff on rereading Gravity’s Rainbow (and some thoughts on Weisenburger’s Companion)

I enjoy rereading more than reading. Returning to Moby-Dick, 2666, Ulysses, or Blood Meridian reveals so much more: More depth, more art, more structure, more precision, more humor, more pain, more more. Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow is all more. Rereading Gravity’s Rainbow is like reading it for the first time, or, rather, more precisely, that is how I am experiencing it now—with… Continue reading A first riff on rereading Gravity’s Rainbow (and some thoughts on Weisenburger’s Companion)

Riff on the end/beginning of Gravity’s Rainbow

Well: “A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before [—]” □ □ □ □ □ □ □ So. Okay. So I finished Gravity’s Rainbow on Friday night, and reread the opening section (and more than the opening section) on Saturday morning, resisting a compulsion to immediately return to the beginning. □ □ □ □ □ □ □ So: Okay: Right? The ending of Gravity’s Rainbow cycles back to the… Continue reading Riff on the end/beginning of Gravity’s Rainbow

A scattered riff on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow

I’m safe here at my office, away from Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. I almost certainly would not dare to write about it were it proximal. If the book were here with me, its text would infect me, and I’d replicate it in chunks here for you, dear reader, to sort out (or not sort out)… Continue reading A scattered riff on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow