Fallback Fiction – The books we never, ever tire of reading

by Tee Tate

Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon

This collection of stories, released in 1984 but first published between 1959 and 1964, represents the first – and what is probably the worst – fiction Pynchon ever wrote. But I always find myself coming back to it because of the sheer excitement of his early work, and the freedom of his prose as he reached out to find a new voice for postmodern art. Pound for pound, Pynchon might be the greatest of all time, and I’ll never get tired of reading his roots.

 ~Samuel Spokony

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Bad Ton 3 November, 2011 - 10:30 am

I agree, Brian!

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:51 am

That is because you are one HOOPY frood!


Jennifer 3 November, 2011 - 10:32 am

such great picks everyone! Laura, Lisa, Elisha – heart those especially.

akdilmore 3 November, 2011 - 11:08 am

Bryan, I've only read it once, but I, too, love King's On Writing.

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:53 am

Ditto…the book is worth the read for the diatribe against adverbs alone!

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:52 am

Great picks! Most I know…a few I need to meet. Thanks for the introduction!

Tee 3 November, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Some truly amazing choices, guys. Really, I'm impressed!

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