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Thomas Pynchon

Movie Review: Inherent Vice -- Tripping... and Stumbling

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Inherent Vice squanders a strong start in an orgy of wheel-spinning. Perhaps Anderson is indulging himself with one of those lengthy jokes in which the punchline is that there's no punchline.

Sasha Bronner

Even Joaquin Phoenix Won't Tell You What 'Inherent Vice' Is About

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment

Joaquin Phoenix wouldn't go so far as to call himself a Method actor -- "I'm not a Method actor, I don't even know what Method acting is," he told The...

Inherent Advice: An AFI Fest Essay

Tony Bartolone | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Making a film is the art of retroactive hypnotism. And there is no greater cinema hypnotist than Paul Thomas Anderson. It's rare to see a movie simultaneously this interesting and this good; this incoherent and this profound; this frustrating and this enjoyable.

Film Review: Inherent Vice. Not Groovy, Man. A Total Bummer.

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

There are films that make you want to run to the bookstore or, in reality, Amazon.com. Any Jane Austen or Dickens adaptation. Atonement. Requiem for a Dream perhaps. Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Matthew Jacobs

The Eclectic Tastes Of Paul Thomas Anderson Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest project, "Inherent Vice," a kaleidoscopic stoner noir film inspired by the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, made its world pre...

Erin Whitney

We're Still Trying To Make Sense Of 'Inherent Vice'

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Whitney | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

Mainstream audiences may not have Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film on their fall movie radar as much as, say, David Fincher's "Gone Girl" or Christo...

The First 'Inherent Vice' Trailer Is Here, And It's A Riot

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment

After months of not knowing much about "Inherent Vice" beyond its cast list and what's in Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, the movie's first trailer is he...

When the Eye Is Better Than the Ear

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Voice casting for audiobooks is particularly tricky with fiction. In addition to the many different characters a reader has to deliver, the most important voice to capture is the writer's literary voice -- assuming there is one.

"ART GIRLS" (R)evolution in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Even as it creates a fantastical story bringing art into everyday life via a quantum human evolutionary leap, ART GIRLS memorializes the vast raw urban spaces that made Berlin the destination for artists the world over.

Son of 'Random Notes and Fripperies'

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchil...

This Movie Is Paul Thomas Anderson Meets Thomas Pynchon Meets J.D. Salinger

Bernard Radfar | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Bernard Radfar

Now that we know a little too much about Salinger, will the real Thomas Pynchon please step forward. It is time, Tom. I get it, the work is the message, the gift.

Hi, I'm Thomas Pynchon

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Does anyone know about a Thomas Pynchon t-shirt offered for sale sometime around 1970? The whole t-shirt campaign for Bleeding Edge is making me wonder.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 09.17.2013 | Books

"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon Penguin, $28.95 Publishes on September 17, 2013 What is it about? As its funny, obscure trailer implies, Pync...

Famous Author Job Search Tips

Roger Wright | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Roger Wright

What if reading Elmore Leonard, F. Scott Fitzgerald or any great author could help you find a job?Sounds crazy. Or at best a gimmick. Until you start thinking about what really helps people find jobs.

WATCH: Who Is Thomas Pynchon?

Posted 09.04.2013 | Books

Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, "Bleeding Edge," comes out in fewer than two weeks. (13 days, to be exact, but who's counting?) As if we weren't amped ...

Reese's Surprise Reunion

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.17.2013 | Entertainment

Reese Witherspoon has used the weeks after her arrest in Atlanta for disorderly conduct to reunite with some of the collaborators behind her biggest s...

Owen Wilson Switches Teams

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment

From one Anderson to another: TheWrap reports that Owen Wilson will play a leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inhe...

I'm With Stupid: Joyce in China Bigger Than Hasselhoff in Germany

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I once read somewhere that James Joyce's novel Ulysses was the best book ever written, so a few years ago when I found an old copy for a dollar, I bought it.

'FUG YOU': A Decade of Poetry, Politics, and Rock 'n' Roll

Jan Herman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Jan Herman

FUG YOU reads like a nonfiction outtake from Thomas Pynchon's V. The tales Sanders tells, bizarre but true, are buttressed by illustrations and citations from a mammoth archive he compiled through the years.

Why Cultural Literacy Is Dying

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home
Marshall Fine

Critics are cultural historians of a sort, trying to tie the present to the past. Audiences, however, apparently don't give a rip. Or, at least, the audience that seem to matter most now, people in their 30s or younger.

Screw Irony: What Jonathan Franzen Learned From David Foster Wallace

Charlie Alderman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Books
Charlie Alderman

James Woods describes Jonathan Franzen, as a "cultural ironist, always a twisted adjective ahead of his characters." I'd argue that this gloss of Franzen misrepresents his two most well-known novels.

A Fighting Lion: Exercises in Awesome Titles

Jeff Klima | Posted 08.07.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Bar none, the best tool in your author toolbox is a title. Not some suck-ass combination of words culled from your manuscript, supposedly embodying so...

The Future Of Literature: Porn, Cyberterrorism And The Russian Mob

arcadesunshine | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

This long post is a primer on what's happening / happened to publishing, and also some models for revenue going forward... The models, of course, are...

Say 'No' to Ivy League Frat Boys

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Cody Gault

Cornell's Greek system is a lump on the student body, and it's high time we hack it off.

Books You Think Won't Make It To The Movies

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Book adaptations are always an engaging subject. Last week, we posted a slide show of 'unfilmable books": texts that simply would not adapt well to th...