Tuesday, March 30, 2010


But wait, there's more!

Old Heidelberg


  1. Haha, I saw this episode, where Marge writes a novel. It always surprises me how The Simpsons can get these famous guest stars that we're not even sure are that famous--this allusion escaped me when I first watched the episode. I believe Tom Clancy was in this episode too.

  2. I thought of something earlier in class today but just remembered it coming out of my zombie-like state of mind right now (mid-terms week was pushed back). Let's think about some of the past authors we've read: Fitzgerald, Hurston, Plath, etc. Not only is their literature popular, but they are well known within their respective literary groupings (Lost Generation, New Negro, etc.). We also know a great deal about each of their lives.

    Do you think that the public knowing about these authors' lives effects our view on their literature, the entire literary movement? For example, Fitzgerald lived in Europe, struggled with alcoholism, was a celebrity in his day and this almost certainly influences our views on Gatsby or the entire Lost Generation/Modernist movement.

    I feel like Pynchon is experimenting with his literature in several ways. He combining a new writing style and themes of order and disorder (like we read in Entropy), but all we get is this literature. We cannot make any further judgements based his lifestyles, actions, etc. As Prof. Fisher would say, he is either stoking or attempting to eliminate our paranoia. The man has great taste in TV obviously, but aside from that we as readers must take what we are given, interpret as we may, and that's that.