Today is the official release date for Thomas Pynchon’s new novel, Bleeding Edge. You’d think I’d be excited about that. After all, I wrote a book about Pynchon. I’ve taught a couple of classes that focused solely on his works. I’ve published articles on him in academic journals. I play ukulele with him whenever I’m in New York. So of course I must be excited, right?
Actually, I was more excited about it two weeks ago, when I drove down to LA to meet up with David Kipen in Hancock Park, between the Page Museum and the Tar Pits. David passed an advance copy along to me as if the book were contraband. So, of course, I’ve already read it. I’ve already written about it, too. If you’re interested in checking out my review of Bleeding Edge, you can read it on The Nervous Breakdown.