Private: Pynchon on Simpsons, more

Not long ago the Internet was abuzz with the news that Thomas Pynchon is slated to appear on The Simpsons. In an article for The Boston Globe, Joshua Glenn speculates that:

Pynchon was flattered by a May 2002 episode in which Lisa Simpson is bowled over by a college girl carrying one of his more difficult books. LISA (awed): “Are you reading `Gravity’s Rainbow’?” COLLEGE GIRL (snidely): “Well, rereading.”

The cartoon version of Pynchon reportedly will be wearing a paper bag over his head. (Via Good Reports.)

I’m not sure how copyright issues have been dealt with, but at present you can read the full texts of Pynchon’s V. and The Crying of Lot 49 online.

This old Salon article discusses 120 letters between Pynchon and his former literary agent, Candida Donadio, who sold them to a collector. After his death, the collector’s family gave the letters to a New York library. Excerpts published by The New York Times:

depict a young author veering — as young authors are wont to do — between braggadocio and deep uncertainty. “If they come out on paper anything like they are inside my head,” Pynchon writes about four novels-in-progress in a 1964 letter, “then it will be the literary event of the millennium.” At other moments, according to the Times, Pynchon wondered whether he should give up writing and seek another avenue of expression.