Against the Day Weblog

December 2, 2006

What’s in a name… Seriously, what’s in a name?

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 4:33 pm

Naming is understanding. Naming is imposing a power on an object. Losing the name implies losing the power mystical or scientific of the object. means forgetting, means demoting. There are some very explicit mentions that have to do with naming within 50 or so pages. islands that had names but were forgotten later, a mountain with no name and then a device ‘immediately recognizable yet unnamable’. Linking this with the spirituality sub-theme makes me wonder on whether Pynchon has gone a bit mystical in his old age…


1 Comment »

  1. Sir,

    I’m afraid you’ve committed a spelling violation: you write “weather” instead of “whether”. Further violations will result in the loss of your poetic license. This is just a warning. Have a good day, sir, and drive carefully.

    Officer Embonpoint

    Comment by OfficerEmbonpoint — December 3, 2006 @ 8:25 am | Reply

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