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As in Gravity's Rainbow , Pynchon uses real-life events, such as the NBA playoffs between the Lakers and the Knicks to pin his stories to a life-like calendar.
While it is often emphasized how fluidly and comfortably Pynchon moves in the noir style, it seems more necessary to note that he shows dexterity in a variety of styles and fully embraces a genre that held important elements to many of his novels and the mysteries and conspiracies that danced within them. Like the photos of the early kidnapping that Doc examines, the closer you look, the more the image blurs.
Every time it appears he has reached the top of the mysteries food-chain, it is discovered there is still a larger mouth higher up. It is the beast that preys upon the weak, and uses our weaknesses and good-naturedness against us in order to control us. It is the player of the chessboard of life that we are only vaguely aware in fleeting, paranoid glimpses that we are an unwitting part. While the plot may seem overly coincidental and contrived, this is the exact point and functions as a flawless metaphor of capitalist conspiracy, and helps instill paranoia and confusion into the reader much as it does for Doc.
Can he trust his hippie-bashing LAPD contact, or is he just pointing Doc in the right direction to take the bullets for him?
Can he trust a local favorite band, or are they right-winged zombied activists? With the Manson case taking center stage in the media, breeding fear of hippies for possible cult connections, the age of love and freedom and counterculture goodness is aging into a new and foggy future.
What was once a fun-loving and innocent lifestyle began to be connotated with dread and danger, and, as seen with Goldfang, those with power had found ways to simply use the counterculture as a method for exploitation.
That pancakes with lingonberries are hardly toxic food, and that his choice of place is justified by the respect he is treated with, as well as by possibly ambiguous maternal memories idem: Other than Bigfoot, who is not a character with any real power anyway, those in the novel who are well-off and exercise their power tend to chastise others for indulging in excessive appetites, rather than being more austere.
Nevertheless, these are not traditional misers, as the misers one would find in Dickens, for instance.
The powerful characters of Inherent Vice are entrepreneurs and businessmen, used to certain standards of life, but obviously unwilling to share them with others.
And you, at the end of the day what are you? The supply is inexhaustible. The demise of the Californian hippie utopia is not, however, solely due to the pressure and opposition of external forces. The concept is of importance in the context of insurance policies which will tend not to cover such unstable products or combinations of components.
The remainder of this essay is therefore dedicated to exploring such references. Most meals, however, come with vivid health warnings which are dutifully ignored by Doc and his associates.
As is often the case with Pynchon, Mexican food also periodically appears on the menu. Penny looked up at the flickering red neon sign and frowned. Both the doomed utopia of s Californian counterculture in Inherent Vice and the food which characterises it come with an expiration date, beyond which point they may no longer be consumed.
To carry on with the metaphor, what the novel seems to suggest, with its intimations of food gone foul or of coming innovations set to regulate the N.
Their decline is depicted by Pynchon as a eulogistic lament for an age when restrictive social norms could still be easily evaded and health-code violations solved through original means.
See Flood Reflections on a Damaged Life, trans. Jephcott, London, Verso.
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