ATG Quirkies: Thomas Pynchon Wrote a Parody of Community Colleges…..or Did He?

Cow countryArt Winslow sparked a minor literary controversy with this recent review in Harper’s entitled The Fiction Atop the Fiction.  He had the audacity to make the case that the famously reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon published a new novel under the pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson.

The title of the novel is Cow Country  and with it, according to Mr. Winslow, we start with “an unknown author published by an unknown press with a huge chip on his shoulder about the state of our literary culture.”  But as we read further, Mr. Winslow marshals his arguments and comes to the conclusion that the “sensibility” behind the unknown author Adrian Jones Pearson and the famous author of Gravity’s Rainbow are one and the same.

Check it out and see what you think! Is Mr. Winslow on to something, or has he missed the mark?

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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