Please post a link to your goodreads.com article in the comments below. If you haven’t written or created an account on goodreads, please go here to setup an account and post your review. And here to write your review on The Crying of Lot 49. *To get credit for the final, your review must be posted on goodreads.com (right now I see only 4 student reviews posted).
Purpose: Instead of the conventional timed-writing assignment, this final aims to move the student forward into the world and deal with the very themes brought up by this work of literature. The goal of this course has been to develop your own unique voice in order to allow for personal agency (or action). In this final composition, you will practice the writing process, researching, inference, thesis-driven writing, and moving your reader forward (audience).
Assignment: You will log-on and create a user profile on the social media app Goodreads.com (owned by Amazon/a real-world Trystero?) and post a 600-word minimum review of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49.
The review must follow either of these two formats: 1. Research/Analysis Review, or a 2. Parody Review.
- Research/Analysis Review: Integrate two opposing viewpoints of the novel by established authorities (book critic, academic, etc..) analyze both viewpoints (which can be as simple a single quote from each author, as well as at least a single quote from Pynchon) and move the reader forward with your opinion of the novel. But remember, key to thesis driven writing is a single theoretical framework, lens, or theme to narrow down and focus your opinion.
- Parody Review: A parody review still moves the reader forward with your opinion of the work, but, much like Pynchon and the form of the novel, it expresses its ideas through a sense of irony and an established structure (recent Study of Mind research shows creativity, and play to be the highest level in Bloom’s Taxonomy of brain learning). While you don’t have time to write a novel, you could write a short story, letter, play, sitcom, commercial, there’s really no limit to what you can come up with, but most importantly to make satire work, you MUST commit to your form and not break the 4th wall (unless that’s your point). Two examples: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/377792?book_show_action=true&page=1
Due: Please post your goodreads.com review link to lamyths.wordpress.com, and bring a typed copy to class December 17th at 5 p.m. (or to the English secretary before the due-date).
Writer discussed: Thomas Pynchon’s Chapter 6
Team Calvin: From returning from the Courts, Oedipa comes to find out that Metzger had run off to marry a 15 year old girl. She learned this through a song that Serge had wrote and sang to her. Metzger leaves a letter to Oedipa that he had turned over his executorship to another lawyer. Oedipa was shocked to see that he didn’t mention anything about their love life. Oedipa was too occupied to even really pay too much attention. She then reached out to a professor called Emory Bortz and went to visit his home. She passes through the Zapf’s bookstore that had been burnt down on purpose. She learned this by the next door neighbor. As Oedipa arrives to the professor’s home the first thing she asked is about the line containing Tristero in her version of The Courier’s Tragedy. Bortz did not like the fact that she had a paperback version of the play he wrote. So Driblette changed the play around because the real play was pornographic. Oedipa mentions that Driblette had used the Tristero version from her book. Bortz showed her the real Vatican version and Oedipa asked what the Tristero was then. The next day Oedipa attended Driblette’s burial. After hearing what she heard, she sat on the ground and wanted to communicate with him, he wanted to see if the Tristero had any connection with his death. She also realizes when the Tristero was brought upon.
What does Oedipa mean by she is pregnant by horror?
Why do you think she is losing everyone?
Has she been set up all along by Pierce? Or who?
Also this Friday, the first film adaptation of a Pynchon novel finally comes out:
A really cool article how far the director went to make the movie like the book:
And will Pynchon make his first appearance ever?