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In the mid-80s, when Thomas Pynchon was in Northern California writing "Vineland" and parts of "Mason & Dixon," scores of letters-to-the-editor appeared in the Mendocino County press signed "Wanda Tinasky." Nearly all the letters were addressed to Bruce Anderson, editor and publisher of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, whom Wanda described as "...an old-fashioned masoch ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Vers Libre Press
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Nog
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
For a while, it was purported that none other than Thomas Pynchon had been writing these letters to the Boonville newspaper, roughly in the time frame that it was speculated that Mr. P was living in Mendocino county writing "Vineland." The author is supposedly a bag lady living in Fort Bragg.

As it turns out, it was somebody else (check out Wikipedia), but these letters are at times pretty entertaining. Sadly, the reputed author of the letters (an obscure Beat poet) killed his wife an
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Aveugle Vogel
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
"dune buggy"
Al Maki
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: life-story, funny
Let's start with the assumption that these letters were in fact written by Thomas Pynchon and not by a bag lady who happened to live in the same part of Northern California at the same time. Most letters don't age well and many of these have not They require extensive footnotes to make sense to a reader who wasn't in Mendocino County in the early eighties, and very few of us were. At the same time Pynchon is America's Gogol and there are some delights in here. There's a poem describing the sinki ...more
Niall
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
My intro to Pynchon (I guess?) definitely has inspired me to start tackling his novels soon as his subtle sense of humour blended with his pretty searing commentary seems enticing.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Is this required reading for Pynchon Completionista?
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