bendawson replied to your post: Could I ask a favor? I’m making an effort to make my brain more than a receptacle for numbers and useless sports knowledge, and just picked up some Pynchon and Fitzgerald (MINNESOTA PROVINCIALISM! WOO!) to slowly grind back up to speed. Could you recommend a few other things for me to read?
Inherent Vice and a collection of short stories (I’ve already got Fitzy’s novels).
Ok, the short stories are all great—the last one, ‘The Secret Integration.’ is as good as anything in Pynchon’s body of work. I’m not great on Inherent Vice, but it’s better than Against the Day.
If you like the short stories, pick up V. which is really more of a collection of short stories that sort of connect to each other.