[Bleeding Edge] E–pub ✓ Thomas Pynchon

As ever in the power of triviality and jokes which is one of the reasons I m able to take him so seriously In this book we have comments about a woman on the side stashed in London he s playing FTSE with cute a strip club called Joie de Beavre and a long description of a Scooby Doo cartoon set in Colombia which concludes with the line and I would ve gotten away with it too if it hadn t been The Last Dickens for those Medell n kids His long ecstaticlights of descriptive Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes fan Bleeding Edge begins after the dotcom crash and takes us through to aew months after the events of September 11 It is a portrait of New York during this period A lovably scruffy comedy of remarriage as the Publishers Weekly review calls it and a really wonderful piece of urban literature keenly detailing the visible and invisible environs of New York City and its psyche at that time The back of the advance reading copy I got calls it a historical romance That too is accurate It s also a very Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire funny very Pynchonian crime thriller Think Raymond Chandler as Jewish mother There s a strip club named Joie de Beavre Dividing any writer s output into categories is problematic but the impression I got while reading theirst three hundred or so pages of Bleeding Edge was that it was like Vineland or Inherent Vice than Pynchon s other work while also reading a bit like a revision of The Crying of Lot 49 at times Maxine is reminiscent in many ways of Oedipa Maas In other words this book eels or most of its length like an accessible read and I know that s problematic too relative to Gravity s Rainbow or Against the Day Then the events of September 11 enter the novel s world and they immediately alter the way this book reads The stunning way Pynchon handles the impact of September 11 on these characters and on New York and on the USA s mentality has a retroactive impact on the Diamantmysteriet first two thirds of the book and on any retrospective thought about the bookI doubt I m the only person who wondered when this novel was announced what Pynchonian paranoia would look like when it met the Information Age or less approachingull stride andor when it met the events of September 11 What this book does with paranoia is utterly ascinating I think I d have to read Bleeding Edge again before attempting any lit crit type analysis of paranoia s role in this novel vs its role in say The Crying of Lot 49 or in Gravity s Rainbow So I won t attempt any such analysis But I ll say that just as a reader as an admirer of Pynchon s work I really dug reading this book s rendering of paranoia of the Information Age and post September 11 versions of paranoia Differences and similarities between paranoia as rendered in this book and paranoia as rendered in Pynchon s other books are worth noting and smarter people or people or less exactly as smart as I am as in the uture version of me when I ve thought about this some will likely comment on this stuff elouently In many ways and maybe it s just because I haven t read many of the other contemporary novels that probably exist and deal with the internet and its impact on today s world Bleeding Edge does a better job than any other work of iction I ve read of detailing the exact weird realities and exactly what s weird about those realities of living with this stuff and all it entails yes or the paranoiac but also just Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) for everyday life Puts a lot of stuff into perspective that we probably really need a seriously greatiction writer like Pynchon to put into perspective Bleeding Edge is linear and straightforward relative to some of Pynchon s other work though Maxine s uest makes The Pocket Mommy for an endlessly complicating adventure with a stellar cast of supporting characters and relentlessly multiplying red herrings But the book s weight and depth both grow and grow apparent as it goes along though it only briefly and appropriately stops beingunny I think this is ultimately a scary and profound book but there s of course lots of Unnatural Leadership: Going Against Intuition and Experience to Develop Ten New Leadership Instincts fun to be had even withairly serious stuff The Wahhabi Transreligious Friendship WTF Fund Pynchon is of course a master of portraying pop culture regardless of which time period is in uestion He manages here to As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! find space evenor a Kenan and Kel reference Nobody s better than Pynchon at communicating the As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! full range of human experience This is partly a virtue of the high low divide meaning absolutely nothing to Pynchon but he collapses that distinction in a much less trivial way than most writers have since the whole pomo thing got started Veryew writers can write novels that are real Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos funny and realrightening real serious and real ridiculous real human and real artificial Pynchon s are real The Last of the Tribe funny and realrightening real serious and real ridiculous real human and real artificial Pynchon s are all these things at once Bleeding Edge is no exception This is a serious historical novel one that expresses real important truths about the human condition whether specific to the age we live in internet stuff terrorism and other stuff or universal love this being emphatically one of the better love stories I ve read and paranoia and other stuff It s also a lovehate letter to NYC and the USA It s also one of the unniest books I ve ever read It s also a Paradise Of Language And of language and Plus none of this stuff makes the whole thing ragmented or disjointed Plus the stuff Pynchon writes about whether love sex paranoia violence whatever he s also capable of evoking their corresponding emotions So it s never this distant exercise and instead it s always immediate You get the ideaThere s an impulse somewhere in my gut to call this one of my The Book of Air favourite Pynchon novels but that s not the kind of distinction worth making because there really aren t minor and major novels by Thomas Pynchon This is not one of my better reviews I m afraid aact made embarrassing by my having had the honour of receiving an advance copy and being one of the irst people to review this book on GR But I hope I ve communicated somewhat at least why and how Bleeding Edge offered me a glimpse as Pynchon s stuff always does of the heights of literary experience and of its value to us as human beings Or something like that So uh not a disappointment 1 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 amazingly lucid and majestically heartbreaking elegia or the early age of the Internet and the pre 911 world Filled to the brim with action humor pop culture references and most importantly with clever honest disinterested reflections on the world we re all inhabiting since about 14 years The most clever book on what the Internet means Ro las cosas se complican No tarda en verse metida en líos con un camello en una lancha motora art déco un perfumista profesional obsesionado con la loción para el afeitado de Hitler un matón neoliberal con problemas de calzado «elementos» de la mafia rusa y varios blogueros hackers programadores y emprendedores algunos de los cuales empiezan a aparecer muertos en extrañas circunstanci. Uare with Port Authority telling you to abandon all hope I think of the media shy Pynchon as someone apart rom the world like Saligner hiding in his New Hampshire cabin but he was really a guy living on the Upper West Side who walked his kids to school and apparently also did a lot of other things in the city When people don t know what you look like you can be the most reclusive media shy writer in the world and never have to lock yourself indoors except when you get ambushed walking your kid to school one day Windust seem to think it s a date he is done up otherwise inexplicably in somebody s idea of hipster gear jeans vintage sharkskin sport coat Purple Drank T shirt enough dress code violations to get him thrown off the L trainI eel like I should be giving thoughts instead of just some vague and general impressions but my shitty mind has nothing to analyze Nothing to offer as criticism Nothing but The Seduction of Miranda Prosper faint memories of the book it s pitiful how uickly my wind cleans itself of so many details On some obscenely hot and humid July afternoon I should have jotted something down and given a review that would have said but even then I couldn t think of what to really say about this novel It wasn t just laziness I enjoy Pychon I guess it can make meeel smart but I mostly just get a pure enjoyment out of his books I enjoy the dumb humor and the crazy conspiracies The paranoia The wonderfully bizarre characters I m sure other people will write much much much better reviews talking about how he succeeded or The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy failed with the brainy stuff For many people especially in New York laughing is a way of being loud without having to say anythingWhat was here before the book was releasedFuck yeah I have the best bestriend everReal Review coming 91713 There ve been a The Pierced Heart few novels written about the 11th September 2001 attacks DeLillo s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close come to mind and most of them try to induce not unreasonably a visceral and immediate reaction to the tragedy Pynchon has written about atrocities and tragedies before most recently in Against the Day but what s striking about Bleeding Edge is how determined Pynchon is to avoid talking about 911 in anything like the same terms After huge amounts oforeshadowing the event itself is thrown away almost in passing two thirds of the way through the novel a remote occurrence that comes mediated through strangers and TVMaxine heads or work puts her head in a local smoke shop to grab a newspaper and inds everybody Elizabeth I freaking out and depressed at the same time Something bad is going on downtown A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center according to the Indian guy behind the counter What like a private plane A commercial jet Uh oh Maxine goes home and pops on CNNWhatollows is a lengthy examination not of the event itself which is merely the pretext or a lot of conspiracy theoretic playfulness but rather of how people reacted to it Pynchon sounds angry about it angrier than I can remember him sounding or a long time Typically he hones right in on the vocabulary objecting in particular to Ground Zero a Cold War term taken Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley from the scenarios of nuclear war so popular in the early sixties This was nowhere near a Soviet nuclear strike on downtown Manhattan yet those who repeat Ground Zero over and over do so without shame or concernor etymology The purpose is to get people cranked up in a certain way Cranked up scared and helplessAh the purpose As with many of his books it s never clear whose purpose exactly we re talking about but there is a strong sense that there s one out there Something to do with keeping everyone staring at the replaying images on the news channels US citizens reduced to a viewing population brought back to its default state dumbstruck undefended scared shitless Can t you eel it one character asks how everybody s regressing 11 September infantilized this country It had a chance to grow up instead it chose to default back to childhood This sense of opportunity wasted runs throughout the book The other opportunity under examination is the internet The book is set in large part among the early 2000s geek culture and there is a eeling of almost limitless potential that s about to be exploited or suandered One pair of programmers has developed an interface or trawling the deep web a version of the deep web that I don t think ever existed and their software is being pursued aggressively by ultracapitalists and national governments they re acing thesame old dotcom dilemma be rich The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse forever or make a tarball out of it and post it aroundor ree keep their cred and maybe self esteem as geeks but stay or less middle incomeThe internet or Pynchon is a way of transcending the constraints of reality characters can log on and have conversations with people who seem already to be dead victims of 911 victims of secret governmental machinations whateveran online version of the much misunderstood thanatoids Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: from Vineland The web offers a vision of the almost spiritual interconnectedness of humanity it s a small part of a much vaster integrated continuum And yet at the same time this is somehow thematically tied to the twin towers so that when they come down the possibilities of this new medium also seem increasingly to be built on very shaky groundAnd all of this is told in Pynchon s characteristically sly amused polymathic stoned incisive American narrative voice whichascinates me as much as it ever did He writes dialogue like no one on earth having spent the last ew books doing away with such irritating ormalities as he said she replied etc he now relays lines of speech with formalities as he said she replied etc he now relays lines of speech with The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved finite verbs at all merely leaving you with aew present participles like the stage directions to a radio play So some presentable young lady spreading her upturned palms warm and The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small friendly here right And after the stories we heard Lucas nodding gazing amiably at her titsAnd this techniue writ large is how he works at the level of paragraph and novel as well He no longer does the boring necessities he sound a way to jump straight rom incident to incident Key events or explanations arrive smilingly without reason characters bump into each other simply because It Is Now Necessary is now necessary they meet It seems accidental we are told at one point but there may be no accidents any the Patriot Act may have outlawed them along with everything else He still believes as strongly. ?lgido de la burbuja tecnológica pero lo ue no escasean son timadores ue pretenden arramblar con algún trozo de los restos del pastel En ese Nueva York la joven Maxine Tarnow tiene una peueña agencia de investigación de delitos económicos y se dedica a perseguir a estafadores de poca monta Maxine investiga las inanzas de una empresa de seguridad informática y a su consejero delegado pe. The irst thing to know about Pynchon books is that they all into two pretty distinct categories with Gravity s Rainbow and Against the Day on one side the side of sprawling epic of insane depth of characterization and range of setting these are books that you don t really read you just dive on into in all their jagged crazy bottomless mystery I once said that reading Against the Day was less like reading a book than reading a chunk of a river and I stand by thatThen on the other side you have the wacky capers of Vineland Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge I suppose these books are eually immersive eually replete with paranoia Real ish Review Dwell upon our memories but there are no NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC factsMental note to self next time you read a book but you can t post a reviewor a couple of months why don t you try writing the The Wrong Side of the Bed fucking review soon after you read the book and not wait till the day before the book is to be published Just a thought stupid Whenever I hear the word culture I reachor my revolver attributed to GoeringThe re occurrence of this line in the book The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 for some reason sums up the bookor me I m not sure what that says about the book though But every time I think of the book this what I think Maxine reached کاروان امید for her revolverTwo months and change I ve had to write this review I just haven t been able to do it Oh yeah I m supposed to mention that I got this bookor کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس freerom either Netgalley the publisher author or through some other way that I get books to read before they are published Apparently it s a The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... federal law to mention thisor reals and not just a cheap reason to Tempting Faith Di Napoli float the shit out of my reviews I haven t been given any monies nor have I been coerced in anyway to write the review you just read HuzzahExceptor my screaming teen novelty review of Gravity s Rainbow I ve never reviewed Pynchon before I ve only grudgingly ever reviewed DFW before It was a dare I wouldn t have written about Infinite Jest otherwiseI don t like to write reviews or my avorites Fuck yous are so much easier Song number one is not a The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way fuck you song we ll save that that thoughtor later on You want to know if there s something wrong You want to know what it all means It s nothingWhere to startFirst this is minor Pynchon I m expecting that there is never going to be another major Pynchon novel I hope that I m wrong but this is the Pynchon who gave us Vineland and Inherent Vice It s not the Gravity s Rainbow Against the Day Pynchon Not that they are really separate people or that there is a massive difference in uality between the two but there is something un massive about some of his works This is one of those booksI kind of like them when they eel all encompassing In a way I d best sum up this book as a accessible version of Crying of Lot 49 one written by an older writer who no longer eels the need to confuse and obscure at almost every turn It s got the same sort of The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life female protagonist She is caught up in the churning of events outside of her immediate control She is sometimes justloating through the events taking place than actively controlling her own destiny but in Pynchon s world is anyone really in control While the work is straight orward than some of his other books it s still illed with the slap stick absurdity paranoia conspiracies and screw ball characters that categorize Pynchon s work or at least to me It s got all the good stuff and a style of writing that will undoubtedly

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off that person the New York Times Second this is a early 2000 s novel of New York City You know dot come bubble burst and collapsing buildings Do you think there is room or some conspiracy riffing in those events Third are you looking to see Pynchon really skewer the internet Maybe you ll read the book differently than me but that skewering doesn t happen It s shitty and it s good It s illed with villains and people utility trying to do good and create spaces outside of commerce It s got Utopian dreams and unrelenting greed But mostly it s just a bleeding edge technology being created without the realization of what the technology can or will actually be used or I guess one could say that the interwebs are sort of the rockets in this book a technology everyone is scrambling sort of the rockets in this book a technology everyone is scrambling and which will ultimately change the world but is it the technology itself or just human nature that is really at play here Just to say evil Islamics did it that s so lame and we know it We see those official close ups on the screen The shifty liar s look the twelve stepper s gleam in the eye One look at these aces and we know they re guilty of the worst crimes we can imagine But who s in any hurry to imagine To make the awful connection Any than Germans were back in 1933 when Nazis torched Reichstag within a month of Hitler becoming chancellor Which of course is not to suggest that Bush and his people have actually gone out and staged the events of 11 September It would take a mind hopelessly diseased with paranoia indeed a screamingly anti American nutcase even to allow to cross her mind the possibility that that terrible day would have deliberately been engineered as a pretext to impose some endless Orwellian war and the emergency decrees we will soon be the emergency decrees we will soon be under Nah nah perish that thought But there s still always the other thing Our yearning Our deep need or it to be true Somewhere down at some shameful dark recess of the national soul we need to eel betrayed even guilty As if it was us who created Bush and his gang Cheney and Rove and Rumsfeld and Feith and the rest of them we who called down the sacred lightning of democracy and then the ascist majority on the Supreme Court threw the switches and Bush rose The Dream of Water: A Memoir from the slab and began his rampage And whatever happened then is on our ticketThe word zeitgeist may make you reachor your own revolver but that s what this novel has succeeded in capturing It s uite successful at capturing New York in the early oughts The novel The Bravest Cat! feels like the New York Iirst moved to Maybe it s that Pynchon captures so many minor and The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System fairly inconseuential details of the city that makes hiseel like a success It The Great Race felt like Pynchon had been walking among us back then that it s uite possible he was that weird old guy who was also at some dive bar that had some Minor Threat blasting out of a Jukebox or passing through neighborhoods that still stand but no longer have any of the sameeelings about them Trudging down that awful hallway that connects Times Estamos en Nueva York en 2001 durante el periodo de calma ue transcurrió entre el desmoronamiento del boom de las puntocom y los terribles sucesos del 11 de Septiembre Silicon Alley es una ciudad antasma la web 10 está en plena edad del pavo Google todavía no ha salido a Bolsa y a Microsoft aún se la considera el Imperio del Mal Es posible ue ya no corra tanto dinero como en el momento .
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