"At that point, it gets kinda peculiar...."
Notable for its "groovy" tone with a noir hard edge, this promotional video for Pynchon's new novel is also notable for the voice of the narrator -- Thomas Pynchon.
Notable because Pynchon is famous for being the second most reclusive US author after ... what's his name?... oh, J.D. Salinger.
According to AdFreak
The Wall Street Journal took the clip to a voice expert, who said he was pretty certain it was Pynchon after comparing the vocal timbre and delivery to Pynchon's voice as captured during his two guest appearances on The Simpsons in 2004 (his first and, until now, his only public appearances of any kind in 40 years). Faced with the WSJ's findings, a reluctant Penguin Press has admitted it is, in fact, Pynchon doing the trailer's narration.I've got to say it's an effective teaser for the book. It sold me a copy.
If you are not familiar with Pynchon, here are the three most important books. Save Gravity's Rainbow for last, and take it slow.
Posted by Vanderleun at August 12, 2009 11:23 PM