Some of us more solitary pilots of our own private craft seem to be lagging a bit. Moi, I haven't ATD-posted since Feb. 26, when I noted my bookmark was on p.49, though it's unclear how long it rested there.
"Recovering academic" SteelR at Blogging Pynchon has not posted since Jan. 29. (In the interim, I went to his profile and discovered two other blogs well worth your time: Limited Jest -- "talking back to CNN, NPR, the NYT..." -- and the self-explanatory Shaky: a Parkinson's blog. The latter contains only six posts over the last several months, but each spare, laconic entry is unforgettable, and the first, "Pay attention," is truly remarkable. Thank you, SteelR.)
Meanwhile, The Bedside Crow hadn't posted on ATD since Jan. 30. And after such a promising start, too. In Against the Day a page a day#4 he noted in passing a fear no doubt shared by many readers.
Blige, I almost dropped it down the toilet this morning. You want Cloakroom Classics? I'll give you hardcore Cloakroom Classics. Imagine calling out the plumber.And then in his next post -- Against the Day a page a day#5 -- he expands on both the complexities of the book and his near miss, with accompanying photo that illustrates the hazard.Have you any Idea what might be blocking your pan?
Yes, 1084 pages of prime Thomas Pynchon in the UK Jonathan Cape edition with the white cover that marks easily.
And suddenly I have the distinct, queasy feeling that I am in this way over my head. There are people here linking to people here who are reading ATD as a multi-dimensional inter-narrative of coinciding realities in differentiated time and space whilst, at best, I am talking about what might happen if you were to accidentally drop your copy into the crapper.Presumably he continued to preserve his copy of ATD from disaster, but his Pynchon posts became infrequent and then stopped. I hardly noticed, because Bookseller Crow has so much other neat stuff on his blog about life, literature, bookselling and customer relations in his London bookstore. And then -- blimey! -- he reappears today after an absence of more than a month from the Pynchonian ranks with Against the Day a page a day #8.
Nikola Tesla pioneer of electrical engineering is working on a World-System for producing huge amounts of electrical power that anyone can tap into for free, anywhere in the world, because it uses the planet as an element in a gigantic resonant circuit.I welcome Crow back to the quest, even if he has only made it up to p.33 or thereabouts, and I am moved to offer my own birthday tribute to Tesla, which I posted last July 10 -- influenced, no doubt, by my future reading of ATD. That's the way things are in what Crow referred to as "a multi-dimensional inter-narrative of coinciding realities in differentiated time and space," or what I thought might be a chronosynclastic infundibulum, where time flows in both directions. Which is why, in the end, there's no real hurry to complete my journey -- against? up? through? -- Against the Day. It will happen in its own time.
Of course, it is the free bit that Vibe objects to. He asks Vanderjuice to invent a counter-transformer to nullify the effects of Tesla's invention.
Finance is arranged and the Professor is left to stare into the depths of his ancient hat, as if it were the vestiary expression of his present situation.