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Thomas Pynchon & Grand Theft Auto V in the Same Review

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Grand Theft Auto V counted $1 billion in sales during the first three days of release, drawing headlines for its infamous digital mayhem.

The video game also has a complex story and social satire wrapped inside the violent plot, as critic Christopher Byrd pointed out in his essay, “Should Thomas Pynchon play Grand Theft Auto V?” Here’s an excerpt comparing the social satire between the game and Thomas Pynchon‘s new novel:

 Like “Bleeding Edge,” GTA V devotes much of its satire to calling out our technological passions. (As Pam Grier, who appears as one of the radio hosts in the game, puts it, “Music ain’t ever gonna stop making people happy, and technology ain’t gonna ever stop making people boring.”) Such as micro-blogging: “Bleeter is the perfect storm of blogging, social networking, and text messaging. We’re demolishing 100,000 years of complex linguistic development 140 characters at a time.”

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Thomas Pynchon Tacos & Book Trailer

Penguin Press has created a book trailer for Thomas Pynchon‘s new novel, Bleeding Edge. The book is out today (September 17).

If you want to explore the great writer’s life, you might want to enjoy some beer-braised chicken tacos. Pepper and Salt has a great post about some of Pynchon’s favorite food.  Check it out:

As his friends’ memories, he was always seeking his next meal: “wearing an old red hunting-jacket and sunglasses, doting on Mexican food at a taco stand.” Throughout the late 60s and 70s, Pynchon became a regular at El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach (It’s still open today, if you want to follow in his culinary footsteps). Neighbors would frequently spot him chowing down—the notorious hermit, lured into public by a burrito.

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Thomas Pynchon, Elizabeth Gilbert & Charlaine Harris to Publish Novels This Year

Today Penguin USA released its year-end report, counting a $156 million operating profit for the year.

The publisher also gave readers a peek at Thomas Pynchon‘s upcoming novel, Bleeding Edge. Publication is set for September 17th. Here’s more from Penguin Press: “it is 2001 in Silicon Alley, New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11.”

In addition, Elizabeth Gilbert will also publish a novel in October, “infusing her inimitable voice into a story of love, adventure, and discovery.” In May, Charlaine Harris will end her Sookie Stackhouse series with Dead Ever After. (Via Sarah Weinman)

Thomas Pynchon to Publish New Novel

 

Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles broke the news today that novelist Thomas Pynchon will publish a new novel called Bleeding Edge this fall with Penguin Press.

We have reached out to Penguin Press for comment and will update this post as the story evolves. In a recent New York Times interview, director Paul Thomas Anderson revealed his work on an adaptation of Pynchon’s most recent novel, Inherent Vice.

Check it out: “The book is a stoner private-eye saga, and Mr. Anderson has found an invaluable “research bible,” he said, in the underground comic strip the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. This is the first authorized adaptation of a Pynchon work, which suggests that Mr. Pynchon, famously reclusive, is cooperating in some fashion. But Mr. Anderson, a fan of that author since his teenage years, declined to speak on the record about him and seemed loath even to utter his name.”

 

Rewrite Victorian Vampires for Fun & Prizes

To celebrate Mediabistro’s upcoming Media App Summit, we are hosting The World’s Longest Literary  Vampire Remix writing contest.

Follow this link to sign up for our new writing contest. With the help from writers around the country, we will rewrite Varney the Vampire–a bestselling vampire novel from the 19th Century filled with enough star-crossed romance, vampire action and purple prose to inspire another Twilight trilogy.

You will rewrite a small section from the book your own unique style (from poetry to Twitter updates to cartoons to imitations of your favorite writer). We will publish and distribute the final product as a free digital book through Smashwords (complete with Victorian-era illustrations) so it will be available at the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store, Blio.com and others.

Intrigued? You can sign up at this link. Registration closes on Oct 8, 2012.

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Thomas Pynchon’s Trystero & Captain America’s Help: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including our new self-published bestsellers list, a heartwarming Captain America story and the revelation that eBook sales surpassed hardcover sales for the first quarter of 2012 (chart embedded above).

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1. Self-Published Bestsellers List for Week of June 18, 2012
2. Captain America Helps Kid Fight Bullies & Disability
3. A Tent That Looks Like a Book
4. eBook Revenues Top Hardcover
5. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook
6. Library & Information Science Ranked Worst Master’s Degree for Jobs
7. Explore the Summer Reading Flowchart
8. Thomas Pynchon’s Trystero Spreads Around the Country
9. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
10. Self-Published Author Gets Top Billing on Amazon

Thomas Pynchon’s Trystero Spreads Around the World

Thomas Pynchon‘s The Crying of Lot 49 revolves around a conspiracy theory about a secret postal system called “The Trystero.” Alongside the release of Pynchon’s complete eBook backlist, Trystero signs have been planted in 200 spots around the world (like this sign in a Portland, Oregon phone booth).

These signs link to an online message system, a 21st Century version of The Trystero.  If you want to find the underground post office in your area, the Google Map embedded below shows all the spots where secret signs have been planted.

Each sign links to a unique URL–if you can’t find one near you, follow this link to see the secret post office link posted in Los Angeles. Click on the w.a.s.t.e. link at the bottom of the page to send your own message via Trystero.

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Thomas Pynchon Has 10/1 Odds of Winning Nobel Prize

award.jpgAs the 2011 Nobel Prize announcement nears, the U.K. betting site Ladbrokes has posted odds for the prize–putting Thomas Pynchon at 10/1 odds to win the prize for literature.

According to Ladbrokes, the Syrian poet Adonis has the best odds (4/1) to win the award. Swedish author Tomas Transtromer has 9/2 odds and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami trails at 16/1.

Here is a brief excerpt from “The Edge of the World” by Adonis: “I release the earth and I imprison the skies. I fall down in order to stay faithful to the light, in order to make the world ambiguous, fascinating, changeable, dangerous, in order to announce the steps beyond.” (Via Guardian Books)

Thomas Pynchon Spotify Playlist

As the stock market crashed today, we decided to counter the gloomy news with a Spotify playlist handpicked by novelist Thomas Pynchon. Chill out all day with this list collecting 31 groovy songs from Pynchon’s Inherenet Vice.

Here’s more about the list, via his Amazon page: “Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a private eye who sees the world through a sticky dope haze, animated by the music of an era whose hallmarks were peace, love, and revolution. As Doc’s strange case grows stranger, his 60s soundtrack–ranging from surf pop and psychedelic rock to eerie instrumentals–picks up pace. Have a listen to some of the songs you’ll hear in Inherent Vice—the playlist that follows is designed exclusively for Amazon.com, courtesy of Thomas Pynchon.”

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. Once you have an account, check out our Thomas Pynchon Spotify playlist, our Ann Patchett Spotify playlist and our Henry Miller Spotify playlist. If you have more ideas for a particular playlist, you can always add your suggestions in the comments section–we will update our mix.

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Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice Could Be Adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson

Director Paul Thomas Anderson may adapt Thomas Pynchon‘s stoner private detective novel, Inherent Vice. According to an anonymous source, there is already one high profile contender for the lead role.

Here’s more about the project from Vulture: “One source familiar with the project said that Anderson’s agency, Creative Artists, has been pondering the idea of trying to attach Robert Downey Jr. as Doc Sportello, but another source cautions there’s no official Downey involvement yet and, in any event, Downey’s schedule is so full he wouldn’t available to shoot anything until November 2011 at the earliest.”

Here’s a collection of more Inherent Vice links. Last year, an intrepid Wall Street Journal reporter ran a check with a voice identification expert, confirming that the reclusive novelist had supplied the narration for the Inherent Vice book trailer. (Via Edward Champion)

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