Sunday, August 02, 2009

A message to Paul Constant of The Stranger regarding his recent review of the new Thomas Pynchon book

Named "Inherent Vice". I'm a Thomas Pynchon fan too, so I'm not going to destroy your review over this, but there was one phrase described the interior monologue of the main character as making "Vice a tone poem constructed from American cultural detritus.." Well...come on now. I know you like the book but don't you think that describing this part as a "tone poem" is going a little too far, laying it on a little too thickly? I know exactly what you're talking about, but don't you think that elevating this stuff to Joycean heights is a little excessive?

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