, , and recur in complex combinations throughout Pynchon's works. One of his first short stories, "Under the Rose", features a set anachronistically in (a type of writing now called ). Another short story, "Entropy", introduced which became a continuing motif in his later works (though Pynchon later wrote that choosing the scientific concept first and building a story around it was the wrong way to do it). "The Secret Integration" constructs an elaborate between the and senses of the word His next story, which was long enough to be sold as the novel develops Pynchon's thoughts on entropy to a much greater extent, bringing in the known as . also studies , connecting it with ; at the same time, the novel works its way into and use. whose narrative swirls around the rocket, also encompasses many varieties of sexual (including a borderline case of ). Pynchon's most lauded novel also describes drug use, notably the mushroom and it too delves into mathematics: at one point, Pynchon compares the geometry of with spires, calling both mathematical . His most recent novel, contains a scene where two characters speculate why heterosexual men find arousing, casting their explanation in algebraic terms.
Who the hell is Thomas Pynchon? He's done his best to keep the world ignorant as to his face and his facts, but here and there things have slipped out, filtered through. We've attempted to compile as much as we could find out about the man, and brought our own speculations in as well. Pynchon himself, in the introduction to , says, "Somewhere I had come up with the notion that one's personal life had nothing to do with fiction, when the truth, as everyone knows, is nearly the direct opposite." Taking Pynchon at his word, we have noted resonaces between his works, philosophers and other authors, hoping to create an overall-though incomplete- profile of the man.
We have a few conventions we ask that you follow:This article, by Noel Grima, published on April 13, 2014, explores Pynchon's relationship with Malta, which began in the 1950s when, in the Navy, he was stationed there. It also talks about modern Malta. Pynchon's Malta This is a wonderful article by David J. Alworth, published in . Excerpt:
A must-read for fans of . This article from the June 25, 2008 Travel section has a video of Malta's history, photographs, and is a pretty good read (but check out the comments!):Malta’s historical significance, however, outweighs its tiny weirdness. For 2,000 years, it was one of the most important strategic locations in the Mediterranean, a key to controlling naval traffic between the sea’s east and west. More recently, Malta has occupied a strategic spot in the American imagination, from to Thomas Pynchon’s and Joseph Heller’s , both of which had significant scenes set here. And Hollywood has gotten into Malta, too: , and even were shot here.Below are some of the images you will find on Pynchon Wiki.
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