Re: RARA-AVIS: Pynchon according to Washington Post

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 08 Aug 2009

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    It may be strange but understandable given the general critical apparatus/premises in place both in the media and in academia...Generalities being what they are, this maybe a silly statement but...I find this reluctance to accept him logical, if inexcusable...a bit like when you mention Auster to crime stories critics or the literary media at large in his own takes years/decades for things to evolve in onešs own backyard...


    On 8/8/09 6:17 PM, "jacquesdebierue" <> wrote:

    > I have to second this. Ever since I ran into a used copy of V., I became a
    > total fan of Pynchon. Why so much hostility has been heaped upon him is a
    > mystery to me. The same goes for another favorite, the late William Gaddis.
    > Sometimes I think that the critics are a bunch of unimaginative squares...
    > They can't just laugh at the Rev. Cherrycoke, like they are supposed to --
    > instead, they have to go and talk about paranoia and the sublimatory dialogic
    > of obfuscative meaning!
    > I think Mason & Dixon ranks among the ten best American novels of the 20th
    > century. It's even better than Gravity's Rainbow.
    > Why the hostility in his own country against a brilliant writer who has
    > nothing to prove and who has stuck to his work without messing with anybody?
    > It's very strange.
    > mrt

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