In preparation for the e-launch of the e-release of Thomas Pynchon’s entire e-canon on e-book, Penguin commissioned Brooklyn graphic designer team CHIPS (Full disclosure: They are awesome and you should check out all their other great work,) to create a book trailer that would encompass every novel written by the reclusive, hyper-literate author. Here’s what they came up with, under the creative direction of Michael Beirut at Pentagram:
Today The New York Times has a story about Professor Irwin Corey, the 97-year-old stand-up comedian who has spent the past 17 years begging on the street on behalf of his favorite charity, which donates medical supplies to children in Cuba. The article neglects to mention our favorite Mr. Corey stunt, when he accepted Thomas Pynchon’s National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1973.
Fall is coming.
In publishing, this signals the start of a season that many believe has the best chance of any in recent memory to redeem the industry after one of its darkest years, and to show that, even in 2009, big, beautiful hit books are still possible.
Many publishers are saying their fall catalogs Read More
If you need to be told what status galleys are, chances are you’ve never had the pleasure of owning one. Or, if you need a reminder, here’s the piece we did last summer. Basically the term refers to an advance reader’s copy of a highly anticipated book that hasn’t been published yet. If you Read More
I ought to be writing about Thomas Pynchon. His gargantuan new novel. But I’ve lost confidence in Mr. Pynchon, who hasn’t written a good book since Gravity’s Rainbow, 33 years ago, and so I found I couldn’t force myself to read the whole of Against the Day: I couldn’t kid myself into believing that the Read More
There’s a lot of loneliness and frustration in the writing
life, and sometimes it can seem to outweigh the pleasures and rewards. So I
hope you’ll forgive me if I spend a little time dwelling on one of the real
sustaining satisfactions I’ve had from it all: being present at the creation,
being part of Read More
The Testament of Yves Gundron , by Emily Barton. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 303 pages, $25.
Emily Barton, yoga instructor and first-time novelist, moves with the authority of an index finger raised in warning. When she demonstrates a yoga pose–even one of those origami numbers that require rubber limbs and one-legged balance–her gestures are effortless Read More
Gain , by Richard Powers. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 355 pages, $25.
On a day scrubbed clean by early summer sunshine, Richard Powers wandered through Washington Square, musing on the bruised darkness of his new novel, Gain . He argued with gentle persistence that any relief from gloom remains unconvincing without “a full look at Read More