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What does this part of the sentence mean?

I'm translating some Pynchon. Here's one of those endless and rambling sentences, and I can't figure out what this one part is supposed to mean. Longish sentence below. [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis on Nov 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for some awesome fiction

My book queue is empty, and my brain craves fiction! Could you please recommend some books? Favorites include : DeLillo, Murakami, Pynchon, Bolaño, Lethem, Barthleme, Franzen, Chabon, DFW, Bulgakov, Rushdie, David Mitchell, Gabriel García Márquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, George Saunders, Joe Hill, and Raymond Chandler [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 12, 2012 - 70 answers

Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Which is that book? Does it exist?

[H.Bloomfilter]: A friend's friend told him about a book of Harold Bloom on Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, and Cormac McCarthy and said friend wants it. His friend can't remember the title. Does it exist and what's its name? [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Oct 1, 2009 - 9 answers

readingvaluefilter

Have any of these books changed your life? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Apr 15, 2009 - 55 answers

A Question about Springfield's only paperbagged author.

Pynchon Filter: I really enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49, but I really didn't like V. Based on this very small sample size.. Will I enjoy Gravity's Rainbow? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Nov 11, 2008 - 25 answers

What V-2 Rocket Sites to Visit in Germany?

My friend and I are going to Germany. We have both read "Gravity's Rainbow" and are interested in checking out a site or two related to the German rocket program during WWII, like Cuxhaven, Nordhausen, or Peenemünde. Does anyone know anything about spots like this?
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Who writes about Postmodernism, anyway?

What are some good books on Postmodernist literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2007 - 8 answers

One-sitting reads?

What are some great books that aren't hideously long? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 4, 2007 - 79 answers

Background reading for Against the Day?

Thomas Pynchon has a new novel coming out in December. It's called Against the Day. Can you recommend some good background sources for the period it is set in? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Oct 15, 2006 - 8 answers

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