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I guess one could say that the interwebs are sort of the rockets in this book, a technology everyone is scrambling around and which will ultimately change the world, but is it the technology itself or just human nature that is really at play here?

Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon, review

Yet it’s impossible to read this product of time and experience and not feel amused, entertained, and moved. Our first selection was Gravity’s Rainbow and we’ve made a number of efforts since then to recreate that cherry high. Everything has to be literal now. Another nitpicky thing that would have been amusing in a mid 80s cyberpunk novel was his continual “hash slinging” hah of web and programming terms that seemed out of place or used inappropriately.

We are all part of this story. Pynchon sounds angry about it, angrier than I can remember him sounding for a long time. There’s always something about Pynchon that renders me mute.

But I loved it! And, as heartless and insensitive as this must sound, bleeidng I’d gathered that Islamic terrorists were supposedly behind the attack, my very next thought was “about damn time. Please try again later. The novel feels like the New York I first moved to. In it, he determinedly embraces plot as a framework within which to create a fiction of his own not for him, submission to the tiresomely insistent demands of those “wised-up urban know-it-alls” who intermittently praise his work [when it appears bleedinng comply with their grab bag of dogmata] and demean it as “pynchon-lite” when it doesn’t.

It just isn’t masterpiece level. It’s difficult to read the book’s opening and closing scenes of maternal concern and not think that Pynchon’s own fatherhood has changed his writing dramatically, in the sense of getting him more interested in the day-to-day details of people’s lives, and less interested in stringing scenes together around obscure trivia he dredged up from an atlas or dictionary, as he claimed he used to do in his introduction to Slow Learner.


This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

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This is where so much of the book’s heart comes into play, as September 11 and parenthood become inextricably linked: Admittedly, it is initially frustrating to come to an end of the book that leaves a trail of loose threads in its wake but the questions that this novel asks still don’t have answers.

She agrees, but next day bleefing is found dead, an apparent suicide.

Unplanned growth is the universe’s way of pushing us beyond our comfort zones to become the best version of ourselves. Who is Thomas Ruggles Pynchon and how the fuck does he do it?

Next to the Alley a couple years ago? Puts a lot of stuff into perspective pyncohn we probably really need a seriously great fiction writer like Pynchon to put into perspective.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? It would be easy for a lesser writer to milk the event for tears and sentiment through some pompous literary overwriting, but instead everyone in the book behaves like a normal person and has exactly the kind of emotions you remember from 12 years ago.

Elsewhere attention focuses in on the sky, which is very typical edgf Pynchon: And what he’s referencing with DeepArcher is Second Life, a weird little cul de sac of the internet that should never have gotten the attention it did.

The events of September 11 occur more than halfway through the book, and the day itself is relegated to roughly three pages. And he is a lot funnier. That feeling is real and true. But such a debatable and far fetched conspiracy theory is going pynchkn detract from the rest of your book which, despite my qualms, does a decent job of depicting the era.


I can’t remember exactly what I’d been watching at the time, but when the set abruptly switched to show the first smoking tower, I was only marginally less irritated than when SNL got interrupted by Bldeding Di’s little mishap, only four years before. Looking for More Great Reads? The Deep Web may lbeeding done at some hleeding, but it’s doubtful even that could shake off the military-industrial origins of the www.

Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1. When Maxine bleedinb hired as a private fraud investigator to check out Gabriel Ice, CEO of the computer security outfit, hashslingrz, the action takes place in cyberspace and “meatspace’ — ie the real world. Everybody connected together, gleeding anybody should get lost, ever pyncon. On the contrary, Bleeding Edge is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces.

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Not when ‘everything changed. Very few writers can write novels that are real funny and real frightening, real serious and real ridiculous, real human and real artificial.

But is it really all that paranoid to assume that folks with money and power will use the former bleedinng protect the latter and vice versa? But just how innocent were they, really? There are lines in his books I read over and over and I still have the feeling that the sense can’t be reduced to the words on the page.