Pynchon’s ‘Soundtrack’ To Inherent Vice

Following on from a posting we did earlier this week on Nick Cave’s new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro – the possibilities ebooks can provide for enhanced interaction between author and reader – the reclusive and complexed American novelist Thomas Pynchon has just disclosed the ‘soundtrack’ to his lastest novel, Inherent Vice.

Inherent Vice tells the story of pot-smoking private eye, Larry “Doc” Sportello. The subject and setting of novel are something of a departure for Pynchon and the his ‘soundtrack’ to the novel is in fact a playlist of songs features heavily fron songs from the 1960’s selected by Pynchon himself. The soundtrack listing can be found on here.

It is not the only such ‘soundtrack’ playlist for the novel with numerous fan-generated websites popping up by the week. Perhaps if his publishers had known of the Nick Cave iPhone release of The Death of Bunny Munro, they too may have released an interactive-styled ebook featuring the soundtrack to Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

Brief Thomas Pynchon Bio from Wikipedia:

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (born May 8, 1937) is an American novelist based in New York City and noted for his dense and complex works of fiction. Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon spent two years in the United States Navy and earned an English degree from Cornell University. After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known: V. (1963), The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Vineland (1990), Mason & Dixon (1997), Against the Day (2006) and Inherent Vice (2009).

Pynchon is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the National Book Award, and is regularly cited as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Both his fiction and non-fiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, styles and themes, including (but not limited to) the fields of history, science, human sexuality, and mathematics. Pynchon is also known for his avoidance of personal publicity: very few photographs of him have ever been published, and rumors about his location and identity have been circulated since the 1960s.

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