Against the Day Weblog

November 21, 2006

Against the Night

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 8:54 pm

This is a true Pynchon moment.

• The first copy sold went to a guy in a leather jacket and an orange scarf roughly the color of his hair. “I’m writing about it, too,” he said. “Rather not talk about it.” He said nothing else and left a few minutes later, carrying a yellow legal pad. It was still blank.

• Another gentleman who preferred to stay anonymous also preferred not to join the line. He wasn’t there to buy the book, he explained, but rather — like the protagonist of Pynchon’s first novel, V — to find a woman he had never seen. It seems a prominent literary agent had announced on her blog that she’d be there, and he was hoping for a chat. “She’s got my novel.” He was unsuccessful.

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