Thomas Pynchon

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Lit-snobs, hot librarians, and the rise of the literary tattoo

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich was sitting down for a meal at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, when she found herself under critique.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 08, 2010

Surf bored

Paranoia isn't what it used to be — not for Thomas Pynchon, at any rate.
Little virtue in Pynchon's Inherent Vice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009

Full shelf

Hot town, summer in the city. . . . or in the country. . . . or at the beach. Wherever you are, don't forget your books.
The best in summer reading
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 12, 2009

New rave

The newest act to come buzzing from the UK is a trio of educated lads whose intelligently obtuse pop is warming hearts, minds, and dance floors.
Klaxons bring their new brand of Britpop to Boston
By DAVID DAY  |  April 09, 2007


Nu Rave extravaganza

So the New York Times told me the other day that British kids are learning to dance and love again, and I couldn’t be happier.
If you're into light sticks
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  February 13, 2007

Tales of the times

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best fiction and poetry books the Phoenix wrote about in 2006.
A year in fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 20, 2006

Concepts as characters

Pynchon's writing is misogynistic. Male-character driven. Phallic-image obsessed. He’s got books about rockets exploding. And war. And heinous sex acts with destitute women. And more war.
Why don't women read Pynchon?
By CRIS RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2006

Light reading

Maybe writers should avoid the light, whether describing its effect or analyzing its nature, and instead leave it to experts like painters and physicists to worry about.
Thomas Pynchon’s up Against the Day
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 14, 2006

Less is Moore

NEW YORK — Natalie Portman says she’s a big fan of V for Vendetta , the 1980s comic by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that is the source of her new movie.
Vendetta ’s perilous journey from comics to film
By GARY SUSMAN  |  March 14, 2006


Photos: Literary tattoos

Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
By THE WORD MADE FLESH  |  January 01, 1900