My copy of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice arrived last week, and I have dipped into it and found it delightful. Even more delightful is the trailer (above) which, by all reports, is read by Tom himself. This is precisely the second time in over 50 years that Pynchon has lifted the veil on his very private life, the other time being a voice over for The Simpsons (yes, The Simpsons), in which he did a cameo of himself, with a bag over his head. No public photos of Pynchon exist.
But here’s what’s even cooler: listen to the voice-over to the video trailer, and tell me he doesn’t sound like The Dude, from The Big Lebowski. I picture him wandering into the supermarket in bedroom slippers and a bathrobe, sampling the milk and generally chillin’ through life. I can’t get that voice out of my head, and the book reads better for it.