From: firstname.lastname@example.org (June Yang) Subject:Thomas Pynchon short FAQ Date: 16 Feb 1995 20:27:27 GMT Message-ID:<3i0cff$935@nic-nac.CSU.net> 1. Is Thomas Pynchon really J.D. Salinger? A: No. They are two entirely different people. Pynchon has never been the subject of a real biography, but there have been papers written about his college life at Cornell, growing up out East, etc. J.D. Salinger lives in Cornish, New Hampshire or something like that in some house that almost burned down a couple years ago (oh no.. that sequel to Catcher in the Rye went up in flames). 2. Where does Thomas Pynchon live? A: New York City. The article in the New York Times (or whatever it was) is correct. Mr. Pynchon lives in New York City and has lived there (apparently) since sometime in 1990 or 91. I' ve also heard that he is married to his agent. So if you want to find him.. just go to where his agent works, follow her when she leaves work, and knock on the apartment door. Maybe he'll answer. Or maybe you can look up her phone number and call him up. "Hey dude, I love that Gravity's Rainbow book." 3. Didn't Pynchon live in northern California for a while? Wasn't that what Vineland was all about? A: Yes. For a long time.. possibly as long as ten years, Mr. Pynchon lived in a town called Aptos in northern California (not confirmed and possibly some place right next to Aptos, California. This is what Vineland is about if you haven't read it. 4. How does Thomas Pynchon survive if he writes so little and does he work a normal job? A: Who knows. The guy got a MacArthur fellowship.. something like $300,000 so I don't think he's hurting for money. 5. When was the last photo of him that has been released? A: The last public photo of him was from when he was in the Navy.. around when he was 19 years old. It's on the back cover of one of the more recent books on him.
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