Category Archives: Pynchon (Thomas)

The USPS and Conspiracy Theories

As controversies swirl around the postal service, Pynchon’s “Crying of Lot 49” seems relevant. So does Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.”

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Postal Service Under Attack (Again)

Trump apparently would like to see the U.S. Postal Service die. Pynchon has a novel that helps us understand rightwing opposition to what others regard as a treasure.

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Lit vs. Fabricated Reality

What are serious authors to do when they care confronted with fabricated realities? Author Kakutani reflects on life under Trumpism.

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You Never Did the Kenosha Kid

An aide to Ohio governor John Kasich recently labeled Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus a “Kenosha political operative.” This gives me an excuse to revisit Thomas Pynchon’s extended riff upon “the Kenosha Kid” in “Gravity’s Rainbow.”

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The Elaborate Plots of Conspiracy Nuts

Conspiracy theories bear a lot of resemblance to literary plots.

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Paranoid Postal Service Fantasies

Pynchon’s “Crying of Lot 49” helps us understand rightwingers who want the USPS to fail.

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