Read the First Page of ‘Bleeding Edge’ by Thomas Pynchon

‘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!

Read the first page

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Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 18, 2013 - 4:25pm

That first page didn't exactly grab me! But after all it's Pynchon.

There's a cool lecture about "Crying of Lot 49" on youtube.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dtqt0bXb4Y

Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 18, 2013 - 4:27pm

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 18, 2013 - 4:29pm

Disregard!  

Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 18, 2013 - 4:26pm

That first page didn't exactly grab me! But after all it's Pynchon.

There's a cool lecture about "Crying of Lot 49" on youtube.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dtqt0bXb4Y

Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 18, 2013 - 4:26pm

That first page didn't exactly grab me! But after all it's Pynchon.

There's a cool lecture about "Crying of Lot 49" on youtube.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dtqt0bXb4Y

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Michael.Eric.Snyder April 18, 2013 - 5:08pm

From the first page:

“Doesn’t suck,” Zig agrees. The
boys keep going, Maxine enjoys the
tree half a minute more before catching up. At the
corner by long-implanted reflex she drifts into a pick
so as to stay between them and any driver whose
idea of sport is to come around the corner and run
you over.

What is a pick? The dictionary had no definition to match the context here. Just throwing it out there. And... comma splice! 

I guess he's allowed.

Jeff's picture
Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes April 19, 2013 - 8:16am

"Pick" probably as in the basketball tactic. It does seem awkward though,  to have a character drift into one.

 

 

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Michael.Eric.Snyder April 19, 2013 - 10:00am

Well that explains that. I know nothing about basketball. :)