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Journal of No. 118

June 6th, 2012

Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon @ 05:08 pm

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The important thing about noir is the ride, not the mystery. Seriously, if you're reading (or watching) The Big Sleep in order to find out Whodunnit, you're making a mistake (and you will go insane). You can bet (and you'd be right) that the mystery Pynchon's noir set in Nixon-era Los Angeles with a pot-smoking hippie detective is not going to make a lick of sense. Some of the journey doesn't make sense either, but at least it's a fun ride. Also interesting that the PI's office is in the South Bay, so a lot of the local geography in the book is familiar territory. Apparently, Pynchon lived in Manhattan Beach for a few years around that same time, so it all definitely has the ring of authenticity.
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Date:June 7th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I love when books are in familiar territory. My first experience with that was when I read "Lucifer's Hammer" in high school. Some of the characters actually drove up my street trying to escape the flood waters. I peeped out my bedroom window, just to see. :)

Journal of No. 118