Archive for December 8th, 2008

8th December
2008
written by Tony
1966

1966

I will preface, for those of you who don't want to read a rant, that I liked this book (look to the last paragraph for more on Lot 49 itself). However. I still don’t like Thomas Pynchon, and as a result, most of this review will be about the bloated disgrace that some modern literature has become. You see, Lot 49 is unlike any of Pynchon’s other works in nearly every way (it’s only 150 pages, for one). So there isn’t a lot to say about it in context of itself. So instead, I’ll focus on the reasons behind why I was so surprised when I ended up liking it, reasons that deal with how much I hate Pynchon's other work. I wanted to read Pynchon before, so I picked up some of his stuff while at a bookstore. Apparently Gravity’s Rainbow is about a man whose erections signify V2 rocket attacks. That just sounds tiresome. So, in my quest to read some Pynchon, I instead tried Against The Day and, honestly, it just didn’t work out. I’ve heard all the talk about what a literary genius Pynchon is and how his works are pithy and wonderful and all of that. Everyone seems to think so, though I haven’t spoken to someone who has read one of his books to completion who feels this way. In fact, I haven’t ever spoken to someone who has finished one of his books at all. Interesting. (more…)
8th December
2008
written by Steph
Straight up, I had no interest in seeing this movie until a friend of mine mentioned in passing that I should see it because she had really enjoyed it. And this is a friend who knows what my tastes are and whose tastes in turn I also know, so I figured that if she liked it then the least I could do was give it a spot on the Netflix queue. The commercials I had remembered seeing made the humor seem like it was kind of “lowest common denominator” in its scope, but we like 30 Rock, so we gave it a shot. (more…)