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Artists’ Others: Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland

Haddon Heights, NJ, where I grew up, had a non-ironic thing for the ’70s. A dry town; Schlitz in the park. Cheerleaders in letterman jackets hanging out the windows of Camaros on the way to all-night diners. Cops and kids knew each other by their first names and called each other by their last names. […]

Filmmakers Not Making Films: Paul Thomas Anderson – Fiona Apple’s Hot Knife

I’ve highlighted filmmakers enough recently who are making all sorts except their typical—the feature film—so this may become a somewhat regular posting if the trend holds true. Now we have something new from Paul Thomas Anderson (though he supposedly shot this prior to shooting The Master and has been working on it ever since) in […]

Outer Space

“Don’t ask what I’d like to do to [Gene] Kelly with that stupid umbrella,” and more One Star Netflix Reviews. “For my next trick,” says Joseph Cornell, or Vladimir Nabokov, or Wes Anderson, “I have put the world into a box.” Your Poet: dispensable advice from a master (written, to this editor’s delight, by an […]

The Hysterical Realism Reading List

First Wave: Vladimir Nabokov—Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), Speak, Memory (1936-66), Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969) Thomas Pynchon—V. (1963) , Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Mason & Dixon (1997), Against The Day (2006) William Gaddis—The Recognitions (1955), JR (1975), a Frolic of His Own (1994) John Barth—Fiction: the Sot-Weed Factor […]