Countdown to Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon has made a career milking elusiveness for all its worth. His writing is notoriously hard to pin down. Publishers never know when to expect something new. (He has only put out 6 books since 1963.) And, physically, Pynchon is nowhere, ever, to be found.

But this much we know right now. Against the Day, his next novel and the first since 1997, is set to be published on November 21, 2006.

This big book (1120 pages) is a big deal within Pynchon circles, so much so that Pynchon's publisher, Penguin, hasn't bothered promoting the book, other than casually listing it on Amazon. Admist the hoopla, one of the cooler things to emerge is the Against the Day Wiki. Using the same software as Wikipedia, the Pynchon wiki will let Pynchon enthusiasts develop entries that tease out the novel's characters and events. Oh, can't you taste the minutaie?!


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