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Pynchon in Public Podcast

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Pynchon in Public Podcast
Pynchon in Public Podcast

Pynchon in Public Podcast

Bo Butler

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Thomas Pynchon's novels are as wonderful as they are difficult. Our show, done in seasons, addresses one book at a time in a panel-discussion format. While we don't claim to be experts, we do try very hard to understand and analyze as much as we can. We also occasionally have guests, songs, and you never know...perhaps Mr. Pynchon himself.

Latest Episodes

Episode Zero

00.00: Stand-alone episode In which we test the international waters, figure out what technical issues might need addressing, and talk a bit about Pynchon in Public Day and about what we hope to do with this podcast.

14 MIN2013 NOV 21
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Episode Zero

One: Beyond the Zero

00.01: Bleeding Edge In which we discuss the new novel,Bleeding Edge,before any of us have had proper time to digest it.

30 MIN2013 NOV 21
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One: Beyond the Zero

Two: The Best Thing on the Internet

00.02:Bleeding Edge In which we wrap up our discussion ofBleeding Edge, talk of money and jokes, and make clear what is the best thing on the internet.

53 MIN2013 DEC 23
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Two: The Best Thing on the Internet

Three: A Holiday Special

01.01: Stand-alone episode In which we offer a gift of readings to you, Loyal Listeners. The Christmas season shows up often enough in Mr. Pynchon’s books, and here are three examples taken from V, Gravity’s Rainbow, and Mason & Dixon. Added in is a little holiday music, arranged and performed by one of our podcasters. Happy Christmas.

17 MIN2013 DEC 24
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Three: A Holiday Special

Four: Get a Guidebook

01.02:Slow Learner In which we begin our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collectionSlow Learner.First we talk about the Introduction, the only extant Pynchon-on-Pynchon writing available, and then move to the first short story, “The Small Rain.” Notes: In “The Small Rain,” the hurricane that has recently passed through southern Louisiana is hurricane Audrey. Here are a few informational links: A 1957 newsreel about the devastation: (YouTube) Historical photographs from Cameron Parish, Louisiana, where Lardass Levine would have watched the corpses loaded onto barges. Informationfrom the National Weather Service’s site.

48 MIN2014 MAR 29
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Four: Get a Guidebook

Five: Send Us your Rat Theories

01.03:Slow Learner In which we continue our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collection,Slow Learner.The story under our collective microscopes this time is “The Low-Lands.” Included in this episode is our first “Pynch-song,” one of Pynchon’s many songs set to music.

42 MIN2014 APR 19
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Five: Send Us your Rat Theories

Six: The Doctor Who of Fiction

01.04:Slow Learner In which we discuss one of the more complex stories inSlow Learner,“Entropy,” and welcome a new panelist, Jason. He’s Irish – if you can’t tell – andwe test his metal by having him explain the concept of entropy.

40 MIN2014 MAY 3
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Six: The Doctor Who of Fiction

Eight: Interview with the Pynchonite

01.05: Stand-alone episode In which we celebrate Pynchon in Public Day with an interview Dr. Martin Paul Eve about his newly released book,Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno.(Amazon) (Powell’s) Note: No, you didn’t miss episode seven. We wouldn’t be Pynchonites if we embraced linear narratives and expositions.

30 MIN2014 MAY 8
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Eight: Interview with the Pynchonite

Seven: Pretty Good for a Fourteen-Year-Old

01.06:Slow Learner In which we discuss the final story inSlow Learner, “The Secret Integration” and wrap up our discussion of the collection. We’ll be back with Season 2: Inherent Vice sometime in late September/early October. See you then!

43 MIN2014 MAY 17
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Seven: Pretty Good for a Fourteen-Year-Old

Nine: I Don’t Believe You

02.01:Inherent Vice In which we begin Season Two: Inherent Vice. In this podcast we discuss Chapters 1 through 4, including character, theme, and humor analysis, and manage to fit in a real-time example of how the internet is a liar.

69 MIN2014 SEP 28
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Nine: I Don’t Believe You

Latest Episodes

Episode Zero

00.00: Stand-alone episode In which we test the international waters, figure out what technical issues might need addressing, and talk a bit about Pynchon in Public Day and about what we hope to do with this podcast.

14 MIN2013 NOV 21
Comments
Episode Zero

One: Beyond the Zero

00.01: Bleeding Edge In which we discuss the new novel,Bleeding Edge,before any of us have had proper time to digest it.

30 MIN2013 NOV 21
Comments
One: Beyond the Zero

Two: The Best Thing on the Internet

00.02:Bleeding Edge In which we wrap up our discussion ofBleeding Edge, talk of money and jokes, and make clear what is the best thing on the internet.

53 MIN2013 DEC 23
Comments
Two: The Best Thing on the Internet

Three: A Holiday Special

01.01: Stand-alone episode In which we offer a gift of readings to you, Loyal Listeners. The Christmas season shows up often enough in Mr. Pynchon’s books, and here are three examples taken from V, Gravity’s Rainbow, and Mason & Dixon. Added in is a little holiday music, arranged and performed by one of our podcasters. Happy Christmas.

17 MIN2013 DEC 24
Comments
Three: A Holiday Special

Four: Get a Guidebook

01.02:Slow Learner In which we begin our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collectionSlow Learner.First we talk about the Introduction, the only extant Pynchon-on-Pynchon writing available, and then move to the first short story, “The Small Rain.” Notes: In “The Small Rain,” the hurricane that has recently passed through southern Louisiana is hurricane Audrey. Here are a few informational links: A 1957 newsreel about the devastation: (YouTube) Historical photographs from Cameron Parish, Louisiana, where Lardass Levine would have watched the corpses loaded onto barges. Informationfrom the National Weather Service’s site.

48 MIN2014 MAR 29
Comments
Four: Get a Guidebook

Five: Send Us your Rat Theories

01.03:Slow Learner In which we continue our discussion of Mr. Pynchon’s short story collection,Slow Learner.The story under our collective microscopes this time is “The Low-Lands.” Included in this episode is our first “Pynch-song,” one of Pynchon’s many songs set to music.

42 MIN2014 APR 19
Comments
Five: Send Us your Rat Theories

Six: The Doctor Who of Fiction

01.04:Slow Learner In which we discuss one of the more complex stories inSlow Learner,“Entropy,” and welcome a new panelist, Jason. He’s Irish – if you can’t tell – andwe test his metal by having him explain the concept of entropy.

40 MIN2014 MAY 3
Comments
Six: The Doctor Who of Fiction

Eight: Interview with the Pynchonite

01.05: Stand-alone episode In which we celebrate Pynchon in Public Day with an interview Dr. Martin Paul Eve about his newly released book,Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno.(Amazon) (Powell’s) Note: No, you didn’t miss episode seven. We wouldn’t be Pynchonites if we embraced linear narratives and expositions.

30 MIN2014 MAY 8
Comments
Eight: Interview with the Pynchonite

Seven: Pretty Good for a Fourteen-Year-Old

01.06:Slow Learner In which we discuss the final story inSlow Learner, “The Secret Integration” and wrap up our discussion of the collection. We’ll be back with Season 2: Inherent Vice sometime in late September/early October. See you then!

43 MIN2014 MAY 17
Comments
Seven: Pretty Good for a Fourteen-Year-Old

Nine: I Don’t Believe You

02.01:Inherent Vice In which we begin Season Two: Inherent Vice. In this podcast we discuss Chapters 1 through 4, including character, theme, and humor analysis, and manage to fit in a real-time example of how the internet is a liar.

69 MIN2014 SEP 28
Comments
Nine: I Don’t Believe You
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