1085 new pages by a favorite author can’t go unnoted here, even though Pynchon, by force of volume and encyclopedic reach, resists instant blogification. I just lugged my copy home from Shakespeare & Co., and there’s not much I can tell you yet. The first chapter, wolfed down eagerly on an overcrowded R train, concerns the Chums of Chance, the intrepid crew of a “hydrogen skyship” on its way to the Chicago World’s Fair (also featured prominently in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan.) I’m staying away from reviews and spoilers, but I’m sure eventually the Pynchon Wiki is going to come in handy. Here’s the book’s epigraph:

It’s always night, or we wouldn’t need light.
–Thelonious Monk

[tags]thomas pynchon, books, world fair, chicago, chris ware, hydrogen skyship, chums of chance[/tags]