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Thomas Pynchon

Geburtstag: 8. Mai 1937

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. ['pɪnʃən] ist ein amerikanischer Schriftsteller und bedeutender Vertreter der literarischen Postmoderne.

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„Fickt nicht mit dem Raketemensch!“ Gravity's Rainbow

„Every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength.“


„If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.“ Gravity's Rainbow

„Life's single lesson: that there is more accident to it than a man can ever admit to in a lifetime and stay sane.“ V.

„They're in love. Fuck the war.“ Gravity's Rainbow

„Why should things be easy to understand?“

„It's been a prevalent notion. Fallen sparks. Fragments of vessels broken at the Creation. And someday, somehow, before the end, a gathering back to home. A messenger from the Kingdom, arriving at the last moment. But I tell you there is no such message, no such home -- only the millions of last moments... nothing more. Our history is an aggregate of last moments.“ Gravity's Rainbow

„I came," she said, "hoping you could talk me out of a fantasy."
Cherish it!" cried Hilarious, fiercely. "What else do any of you have? Hold it tightly by it's little tentacle, don't let the Freudians coax it away or the pharmacists poison it out of you. Whatever it is, hold it dear, for when you lose it you go over by that much to the others. You begin to cease to be.“
The Crying of Lot 49


„Everybody gets told to write about what they know. The trouble with many of us is that at the earlier stages of life we think we know everything- or to put it more usefully, we are often unaware of the scope and structure of our ignorance.“ Slow Learner: Early Stories

„Paranoids are not paranoid because they're paranoid, but because they keep putting themselves, fucking idiots, deliberately into paranoid situations.“

„I am the twentieth century. I am the ragtime and the tango; sans-serif, clean geometry. I am the virgin's-hair whip and the cunningly detailed shackles of decadent passion. I am every lonely railway station in every capital of Europe. I am the Street, the fanciless buildings of government. the cafe-dansant, the clockwork figure, the jazz saxophone, the tourist-lady's hairpiece, the fairy's rubber breasts, the travelling clock which always tells the wrong time and chimes in different keys. I am the dead palm tree, the Negro's dancing pumps, the dried fountain after tourist season. I am all the appurtenances of night.“ V.

„A screaming comes across the sky.“ Gravity's Rainbow


„The general public has long been divided into two parts; those who think that science can do anything and those who are afraid it will.“ Mason & Dixon

„Dream tonight of peacock tails,
Diamond fields and spouter whales.
Ills are many, blessings few,
But dreams tonight will shelter you.

Let the vampire's creaking wing
Hide the stars while banshees sing;
Let the ghouls gorge all night long;
Dreams will keep you safe and strong.

Skeletons with poison teeth,
Risen from the world beneath,
Ogre, troll, and loup-garou,
Bloody wraith who looks like you,

Shadow on the window shade,
Harpies in a midnight raid,
Goblins seeking tender prey,
Dreams will chase them all away.

Dreams are like a magic cloak
Woven by the fairy folk,
Covering from top to toe,
Keeping you from winds and woe.

And should the Angel come this night
To fetch your soul away from light,
Cross yourself, and face the wall:
Dreams will help you not at all.“

„There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made – at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery.“ Gravity's Rainbow

„Shall I project a world?“ The Crying of Lot 49

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