India and the Tome

When I first started seriously thinking about coming to India in December of 2007 I knew that I would be coming here for the primary purpose of finishing the work of fiction that I have been writing for the last 10 years. It’s an epic adventure story about FM Radio and the people that made it, and made it great. Like I said it’s been in the making for ten long years and I knew that coming to a place where I didn’t speak the language and all I had to do was travel, read and write was the only way that I would be able to direct my focus enough to finish this incredible story that so deserves to be told. So to keep my baggage to a minimum I figured I would have to bring along the one book in my life that has haunted and inspired me more than any other work of literature that I’ve ever read, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Gravity’s Rainbow- A musical Novel about a guy who can see the future when he gets a hardon (among many other things…) was published in 1973 when Pynchon was 36 years old and the lies and folklore around the creation of that incredible work of fiction are almost as funny and interesting as the book it’s self, ok maybe not, but there are some very funny things about the life of Thomas Pynchon in the 10 years that it took him to write GR. During the writing of Gravity’s Rainbow Pynchon went to Cornell University in up-state New York and studied engineering but dropped out after his second year and the death of his best friend Richard Ferina to join the U.S. Navy, after that but still during the writing of GR he wrote[…]

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