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Pynchon in Public Day began in 2011 to celebrate the work of American author Thomas Pynchon on his birthday, 8 May. Readers of Pynchon's works tend to be widely dispersed groups of tightly knit people. We're hoping to connect fans with each other, to connect readers across the globe through this one rather specific commonality. With this podcast, we aim to provide an interesting - or at least rambling - discussion of Pynchon's works, along with other bit of fun. Participate in a trivia segment! Hear interpretations of his songs! Find a reason to try Gravity's Rainbow in earnest! Finally finish Against the Day! We're an open group with a rotating membership. If you want to be part of the discussion, we can make that happen. If you have something to share, find us though our website. Listen. Enjoy. Read. And, above all, don't let Them get you asking the wrong questions!

Pynchon in Public Day began in 2011 to celebrate the work of American author Thomas Pynchon on his birthday, 8 May. Readers of Pynchon's works tend to be widely dispersed groups of tightly knit people. We're hoping to connect fans with each other, to connect readers across the globe through this one rather specific commonality. With this podcast, we aim to provide an interesting - or at least rambling - discussion of Pynchon's works, along with other bit of fun. Participate in a trivia segment! Hear interpretations of his songs! Find a reason to try Gravity's Rainbow in earnest! Finally finish Against the Day! We're an open group with a rotating membership. If you want to be part of the discussion, we can make that happen. If you have something to share, find us though our website. Listen. Enjoy. Read. And, above all, don't let Them get you asking the wrong questions!
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Pynchon in Public Day began in 2011 to celebrate the work of American author Thomas Pynchon on his birthday, 8 May. Readers of Pynchon's works tend to be widely dispersed groups of tightly knit people. We're hoping to connect fans with each other, to connect readers across the globe through this one rather specific commonality. With this podcast, we aim to provide an interesting - or at least rambling - discussion of Pynchon's works, along with other bit of fun. Participate in a trivia segment! Hear interpretations of his songs! Find a reason to try Gravity's Rainbow in earnest! Finally finish Against the Day! We're an open group with a rotating membership. If you want to be part of the discussion, we can make that happen. If you have something to share, find us though our website. Listen. Enjoy. Read. And, above all, don't let Them get you asking the wrong questions!

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Episodes

Fifty-Nine: The Robot Crab Who I Absolutely Love Now

11/10/2017
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04.32: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we finally discuss the long-awaited story of Byron the Club, as featured in chapter 3 of Book Four of Gravity’s Rainbow. To hear Pavarotti sing “La Dona e Mobile,” here it is on YouTube. Chris mentions this rather famous picture of a Buddhist monk self-immolating in protest. Chris also mentions […]

Duration: 01:58:27


Fifty-Eight: Pointsman, As We’ve Pointed

10/27/2017
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04.31: Gravity’s Rainbow In which be begin the final section of Gravity’s Rainbow – The Counterforce! This episode covers the first two chapters of Book Four. Alan offers an explanation of the musical concept called the tone rowhere’s the Wikipedia article. If you would like a little more detail, . If you want to listen to […]

Duration: 02:04:16


Fifty-Seven: Full of Bouncy Houses

8/25/2017
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In which we take a look back over all of Book Three, “In the Zone,” of Gravity’s Rainbow. We’re going to take a little break before we return with The Counterforce. Keep an eye our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates announcing our return. If you want to hear Das Racsit’s “You Oughta Know,” you […]

Duration: 01:44:32


Fifty-Six: Believe It or Not, Pool Movies

8/11/2017
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In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at the final two episodes of Book Three. Alan mentions “Esther Williams set pieces.” Here’s a pretty good example from The Million Dollar Mermaid (1952). Bo mentions a similar scene from Mel Brooks’s History of the World, Part 1 (1981). You can find it here. Fast forward to […]

Duration: 02:04:19


Fifty-Five: A Couple Mickey Mouse-Voices-Worth of Fat Cells

7/28/2017
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04.28: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we have a look at chapters 28, 29 and 30 of Book Three of Gravity’s Rainbow.

Duration: 01:54:28


Fifty-Four: Lemming Becomes Jesus

7/14/2017
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04.27: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue looking at Gravity’s Rainbow with a discussion of chapters 26 and 27 of Book Three. For the curious, you can have a look at the lyrics to “San Antonio Rose”, Major Marvy’s favorite song. Alan mentions the inter-racial affair of staunchly segregationist U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. You can […]

Duration: 01:41:57


Fifty-Three: This Part of Hell Is Its Own Weird Hell

6/30/2017
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04.27: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at chapters 23, 24 and 25 of Book Three. Errata: For a while during this episode, Bo had a bad set-up that caused some extra noise in the recording. We apologize profusely for this. Notes: The myth of Tantalus is […]

Duration: 01:47:39


Fifty-Two: Rank the Weird

6/16/2017
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04.26: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at chapters 20 and 21 of Book Three. Note: We intended to cover three chapters, as you’ll hear in the intro, but we only got to two due to time.

Duration: 01:36:20


Fifty-One: An Interpretation of the Bad Mother

6/2/2017
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04.25: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at chapters 17, 18 and 19 of Book Three. Notes: Alan and Liam mention the philosopher Herbert Marcuse. Here’s some information about him. Michelle and Bo talk about the geography of Swinemünde. You can find a good map at Wikipedia. […]

Duration: 01:47:24


Fifty: Truly Wonderful, Especially When Heated

5/19/2017
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04.24: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at chapters 14, 15 and 16 of Book Three.

Duration: 01:45:05


Forty-Nine: Is This Gonna Turn Into a Postal Conspiracy?

5/5/2017
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04.23: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at chapters 12 and 13. As this episode covers the great Rossini/Beethoven debate that the novel has been hyping up for some time, here are a few examples of each composer’s work, as chosen by Alan. Rossini William Tell Overture Thieving Magpie Beethoven […]

Duration: 01:34:37


Forty Eight: Is He They?

4/21/2017
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04.22: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a careful look at the second half of Book Three, Chapter Eleven – the Pökler chapter. Alan mentions The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. Here’s a link to it in Google Books, and here’s the summary on Wikipedia. Chris mentions a concept called “the deep state.” […]

Duration: 01:25:13


Forty-Seven: That Whole Kafka Thing

4/7/2017
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04.21: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a careful look at the first half of Book Three, Chapter Eleven – the Pökler chapter.

Duration: 01:45:14


Forty-Six: ¡Estoy Mamao!

3/23/2017
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04.20: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Book Three of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at episodes eight through ten.

Duration: 01:44:51


Forty-Two: Slapstick Obscene

1/26/2017
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04.16: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at Book Three, episode two.

Duration: 00:50:03


Forty: Quantum Mechanics and Football

10/21/2016
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04.14: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we take a look back at the entirety of Book Two of Gravity’s Rainbow. We’ll be back soon with our discussion of Book Three. Stay tuned!

Duration: 01:27:19


Thirty-Nine: The Bizarre Cantaloupe Interlude

10/7/2016
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04.13: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow with a look at sections seven and eight of Book Two.

Duration: 01:17:37


Thirty-Eight: An Excellent Question that Leads Nowhere

9/23/2016
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04.12: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue discussing Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow by examining episodes five and six of Book Two. Note: Given that our panelists hail from all about the globe, sometimes various types of electromagnetic feedback and/or interference can produce a less-than-ideal sound-quality. Sorry about this. Note on that Note: We’re not entirely sure that … Continue reading "Thirty-Eight: An Excellent Question that Leads Nowhere"

Duration: 01:10:50


Thirty-Seven: Also, the Kazoo Band

9/9/2016
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04.11: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we continue our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow by looking at sections three and four of Book Two.

Duration: 01:22:00


Thirty-Five: Pigs, Absolutely!

6/24/2016
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04.09: Gravity’s Rainbow In which we take a look back at the first book of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, “Beyond the Zero.”

Duration: 01:09:31

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