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Calendar, Night&Day Big Three

Big Three

Novelist Thomas Pynchon is more than a writer. He’s a weird institution and full-time obsession for some. But what did he expect? He has made sport of hiding from the world since the mid-1960s. Of course people want to know…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mushroom Cloud? Liz Taylor Film Flop

Mushroom Cloud? Liz Taylor Film Flop

What does the word “BOOM!” bring to mind? That Thomas Pynchon line about a jet engine tearing through the sky? An 808 drum kick? The mics held by stiff-armed tall people on a soundstage? Art submissions addressing this vague notion…
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Calendar, Night&Day <b>Zak Smith</b>

Zak Smith

Do you remember Zak Smith? He's the stylish, scary-smart punk artist who did Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow. He also did porn. But not by himself. That's why his new book is…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Look Real

They Look Real

The hardcore teen queen who took the name Sasha Grey and refers to her porn films as performance art plays a paid escort called Chelsea in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience. For something like $25,000, a "date" with this slim,…
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More slanted and enchanted than Thomas Pynchon’s rhyme dictionary, Aesop Rock’s lyrics risk leaving listeners cold, but the grave honesty of the MC’s delivery is forceful enough to convince us that this all means something. And in the end, Aesop’s…
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Slap Shots

Baseball Punks, Tits, and Chuck Barris New local publications continue to start up, both in print and on the Web, and one of the more specifically targeted is ChinMusic!, a fanzine devoted entirely to the combination of Major League Baseball…
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wednesday april 30 No Doubting Thomas Like J.D. Salinger and Sasquatch, Thomas Pynchon is an elusive sort; it isn't likely that the author of The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow will materialize at the release party for his…
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Second Time Around

2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (like Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow) is pretentious and overelaborate, yet hypnotic in its impact and exhilaratingly audacious in its attempt to get at the connections between man and technology. Reopening…
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Hacks and Flacks The deepest insight to be gleaned from Thomas Pynchon's latest piece of writing turns out to be his observation that Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash" was "not necessarily the Birth of Rap." Finally, that's been cleared up. Allegedly,…
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