A description of Thomas Pynchon’s forthcoming sixth novel, ostensibly written by Pynchon himself, briefly appeared on Amazon but was soon pulled. Neither his publisher, Amazon, nor Pynchon himself (duh) has confirmed whether he actually wrote it, nor explained why it was pulled. Someone fished it out of their cache, however:
Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters
stop what they’re doing to sing what are for the most part
stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure
languages are spoken, not always idiomatically.
Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world,
it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two.
According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction.
Update: It was written by Pynchon, but Amazon posted it prematurely. And the title of Pynchon’s novel is Against the Day.
★ Thursday, 20 July 2006