Read the First Page of ‘Bleeding Edge’ by Thomas Pynchon
New books by one of America’s best hopes for the Nobel Prize, Thomas Pynchon, are rare as hen’s teeth, as you may have gathered from LitReactor’s own Christopher Shultz’s article earlier this year.
Called Bleeding Edge, the Gothamist has posted what is purported to be the first page of the book, which you can read here. Combine it with the book’s description and it looks like Pynchon fans will be running out and buying this one.
It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left.
I particularly liked the Gothamist’s take on Pynchon:
Knowing Pynchon, there'll probably be lots of dense psychedelic prose, lamentations about the '60s counterculture, shady fascistic organizations with futuristic names, and maybe an appearance by The Daily Show (Pynchon is a fan, after all).
What with the movie adaptation of Inherent Vice starting shortly (starring Joaquin Phoenix) and the publication of a new Pynchon book, it’s turning into a bumper year for the fans!
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