Author Archives: Bradley J. Fest

About Bradley J. Fest

Bradley J. Fest lives and teaches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has published a number of scholarly essays on contemporary literature and culture, and is the author of a volume of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015). He blogs regularly at The Hyperarchival Parallax.

An Illustrated Gravity’s Rainbow

In the comments to one of the posts Christina expressed a desire for illustrations of the novel. So I give you Zak Smith’s Illustrations for Each Page of Gravity’s Rainbow. And a sample below. Enjoy.

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Another Pynchon Resource

Doing some research of my own, I just stumbled across Vheissu, another site dedicated to the work of Thomas Pynchon. The page dedicated to Gravity’s Rainbow also looks quite useful, and there is also a complete bibliography of secondary sources … Continue reading

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Background on Thomas Pynchon

I am eagerly anticipating our discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow today. I am truly excited to have the wonderful and immensely pleasurable opportunity to read this incredible novel with all of you over the next eight weeks or so. … Continue reading

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For Your Amusement

Someone just showed this to me and I couldn’t resist posting it for your enjoyment. The video below comes from Thug Notes: Classical Literature, Original Gangster, which puts up a weekly video discussing and analyzing famous literary works, narrated by … Continue reading

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Social Media and Authenticity

And because today we will be looking at constructions of the “truth” in Friedrich Nietzsche‘s “On Truth Lying in a Nonmoral Sense,” you might want to check out “Games of Truth” by Rob Horning at The New Inquiry, an article … Continue reading

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A Global History of the Crackdown on Ivory

I ran across this pretty interesting article this morning that discusses the global crackdown on ivory. Written by Svati Kirsten Narula and appearing in The Atlantic, “Crash and Burn: A History of the Global Crackdown on Ivory” details how many … Continue reading

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Welcome to Introduction to Critical Reading

Welcome to the course weblog for Introduction to Critical Reading. This is a space for us to collectively construct, a site of further exploration and discussion, a place to pursue avenues outside of the purview of the physical classroom. So, … Continue reading

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