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Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:34 am
Book Trailer Thursday: Inherent Vice
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

This is what passes for big news in the world of book trailers: when a video teaser for Thomas Pynchon’s mystery novel Inherent Vice hit the internet recently, the literati started buzzing. Could that possibly be the famous recluse Pynchon himself doing the voice-over? All anyone had to go on was an old Simpsons episode on which Pynchon “appeared” (albeit animated and wearing a bag over his head).

A voice identification expert (I told you this was big news) confirmed suspicions. Then, finally, Penguin confirmed the confirmation. All in all, a pretty handy bit of sleuthing for a book about sleuthing.

But what of the actual trailer? It’s 2:43 of rack-focus shots mainly of desolate beaches, rusty chain-links, and boring alleys, set to a Pynchon sounding a hell of a lot like his late-1960s, pill-popping, beach-bum “private gumshoe” Doc Sportello.  “Y’know, it’s groovy,” he says as he waxes poetic about surfing and drugs, before asking you to buy the book for $27.95–wait. “27.95?! That used to be, like, three weeks of groceries, man.”

Verdict: Groovy. Not sure this is going to convert any nonbelievers, but Pynchon’s good-natured, conversational mumbling really impresses. Dude should record his own audio books, obviously.

One Response to “Book Trailer Thursday: Inherent Vice”
  1. Keir Says:

    You know who else they could have had narrate this? Jeff Lebowski.

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