Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Anti-Paranoia

Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity's Rainbow. 1973. New York: Penguin, 2006. 410–50.

in these pages, anti-paranoia—that is, "where nothing is connected to anything"

There is a lack, for a large part, of paratextual clues as to when somebody is speaking a language not English—the German without italics, the language of the Zone a mixture. Perhaps because of Slothrop's being American, much of the conversation is in English, but there is no need to mark the switch.

no obsessive mark here
oh
because you're going to go as long as you can in one language
whatever to get you together

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