On a Lighter Note: Thomas Pynchon and Food

In a publication that my home receives regularly (but I tend not to really glance at, being the non-culinary member of my household), Bon Appétit has an article on food in Thomas Pynchon’s novels written by Nicole Villeneuve: “All the Food in Thomas Pynchon’s Books (And What It Means, Sorta).” (That said, this article is mighty short, and I cannot imagine that this is all the food in Pynchon’s novels and stories. . . . I bet the Pynchon Wiki would be of help here. Indeed, even just a quick search of “food” in Mason & Dixon [1997] returns over five-hundred hits. I also wonder if anyone has seriously ever tried to make Pirate Prentice’s famous banana breakfast?)

“Cyber-Pearl Harbor” and a Thomas Pynchon Talk

Reported today in The New York Times, “Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a ‘cyber-Pearl Harbor’ and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.”

Also, today I will be giving a (hopefully quite) short talk entitled “Nuclear Luminosity: The Fabulous Metahistorical Textuality of Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon” for the Univ. of Pittsburgh English Grad Student Scholarship Collective Fall Symposium, Language & Visuality. The event will be taking place in CL 501 @ 1pm. In addition, Kerry Banazek-PhD in Comp/Rhet, Jacob Spears-MFA, and Katie Bird-Phd in Film will be speaking.