August 12, 2009

"Doc" aka The Voice of Thomas Pynchon Sells "Inherent Vice"

"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
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"...$27.95?...That used be like, three weeks of groceries, man...What year is this?"

That pretty much says it all.

Posted by: Eric Blair at August 13, 2009 4:19 AM

Once upon a time, I read a couple of his books.


He could hit me over the head with a baseball batin broad daylight, and I wouldn't care who he is.

Posted by: Fat Man at August 13, 2009 7:20 PM

I made it through "Vineland". I'm not a boomer: It didn't mean shit to me.

Posted by: Gray at August 13, 2009 8:07 PM

Never read him.

But jet-exhaust tail lamps are always sweet.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 15, 2009 11:46 AM

I made it about a third of the way through "Gravity's Rainbow" before I just couldn't take it any more.

One reviewer said that it was brilliant and unreadable. He was correct.

Posted by: Chris at August 16, 2009 3:55 AM

Is it only coincidence that Pynchon refuses to show his face?

Posted by: Gary at August 16, 2009 10:15 AM