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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gravity's Rainbow and the CIA

I'm reading this history of the CIA that I bought on impulse today and at one point I felt I was actually reading Gravity's Rainbow again because of the clownish (but deadly and illegal) things the CIA did, and may still be doing; the typeface is larger than that of GR but the size of the pages is similar, and all the names of the operatives makes me think of all the names Pynchon strews about in his pages, Pynchon the master of "faction," the artful blending of fact and fiction. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. I'd keep reading but I feel a headache coming on. Weiner is making the case that the CIA is a profoundly incompetent and dangerous organization. He's a Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times journalist. I glanced at a Sorrentino novel in the bookstore today, read a page at random, but the urge to read him wasn't as strong as it was the other day and I passed.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Baked skinless chicken breasts, french fries, steamed broccoli florets, St. Pauli Girl NA.

Stamp: 12:59 AM (I indicate the time because it irritates me that the time stamp that automatically accompanies each post is inaccurate.)


barbara reuther said...

the time stamp is correct for pacific time. when you are in "dashboard" about to create a new post. look to the right and click on the word "settings" and wonce that page opens click on the word "formatting" at the top...and this page allows you to do clever things like select the time zone you are in.

Richard McNally said...

Why thank you my sly sister.