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Thomas Pynchon's novels are as wonderful as they are difficult. Our show, done in seasons, addresses one book at a time in a panel-discussion format. While we aren't experts, we do try very hard to understand and analyze as much as we can. We also occasionally have guests, songs, and you never know...perhaps Mr. Pynchon himself.

Pynchon in Public Podcast Bo Butler

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Thomas Pynchon's novels are as wonderful as they are difficult. Our show, done in seasons, addresses one book at a time in a panel-discussion format. While we aren't experts, we do try very hard to understand and analyze as much as we can. We also occasionally have guests, songs, and you never know...perhaps Mr. Pynchon himself.

    Ninety-Two: Checking in with Drunk Pynchon

    Ninety-Two: Checking in with Drunk Pynchon

    In which Bo sits down with with Michael from Drunk Pynchon for a chat in which many alcohol-related tales are told. And to celebrate having finished Bleeding Edge, Michael knocks a drink off his list with Bo – Hpnotiq.

    Spoiler alert: It’s better than vodka mixed with vegetable soup.

    • 59 min
    Ninety-One: An Iced Oatmeal Cookie

    Ninety-One: An Iced Oatmeal Cookie

    05.23: Bleeding Edge

    In which we finished our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge with this capstone episode looking back at the entire book.

    And stayed tuned through the end, where we announce which book we’ll tackle next season!

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ninety: It’s Not Logical to Have Bagpipes

    Ninety: It’s Not Logical to Have Bagpipes

    05.22: Bleeding Edge

    In which we wrap up the book with a look at the final two chapters, 40 and 41.



    In the event that, unlike Liam, you’re okay with bagpipes and want to hear Candle in the Wind, you can find that here.

    And here’s an example of the great Scottish poet, Ewan McTaegle.

     

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Eighty-Nine: The Lunacy of Your Own Civilization

    Eighty-Nine: The Lunacy of Your Own Civilization

    05.21: Bleeding Edge

    In which we examine chapters 38 and 39 of Bleeding Edge, and go deep into some Mayan mythology just for fun.



    Aug mentions the Fantod Pack, a tarot deck by Edward Gorey. Here’s a write-up about it. You can also order it from his website.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Eighty-Eight: All His Babies Illuminating the World

    Eighty-Eight: All His Babies Illuminating the World

    05.20: Bleeding Edge

    In which we set out to look at chapters 37 and 38 of Bleeding Edge, but only get to chapter 37.

    And a note here that there was some internet trouble on the day we recorded. Surely it was Them.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Eighty-Seven: You OD on Nutmeg?

    Eighty-Seven: You OD on Nutmeg?

    05.19: Bleeding Edge

    In which we have a look at chapters 35 and 36 of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.



    Notes

    Just an NB here that’s Michelle little one joins us on this episode. There’s maybe a little more background noise than usual, though how can you tell?

    Bo mentions seeing Tom Clancy on CNN during the 9/11 coverage. You can have a look at it here.

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

junt ,

A Podcast of Characters

In a world of constant vanishing points into the endless new newness what was that I lost my train of thought and bought a new holy electric need machine, PIP cast is...sac-religious.
Bring on Mason and Dixon.

S Fremin ,

Indispensable for Pynchon fans

Pynchon is an intimidating but rewarding author to tackle, and this podcast — which comes across as part book club, part classroom discussion — does a great job of making the books accessible to first timers while also providing food for thought for those of us on our third or fourth read-throughs. I thoroughly enjoyed reliving Gravity’s Rainbow in this format, and the sometimes-rotating panel keeps the insights from getting one-note.

Barfuss Paul ,

Amazing Stuff

Pynchon is my favorite writer and this team of thoughtful readers give him just the sort of close reading his work deserves. It’s great literary investigation with lots of humor and humanity. If you want to discover one of America’s greatest literary masters, this pod will be a great companion to you!

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