Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part Two)

Cody Walker
August 31, 2015
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In Kurt Vonnegut’s Paris Review interview, he calls his books “mosaics of jokes.” (The PR interview, published in 1977, is itself a kind of mosaic; it draws from four different interviews conducted over the course of a decade.) I thought…

Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part One)

Cody Walker
August 30, 2015
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Yesterday, at the end of my discussion of Fran Ross’s Oreo, I promised to do something that I’ll have to do anyway in a couple of months: compare Ross to Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. (I’ll be teaching the three writers,…

Fran Ross, Like a Boss

Cody Walker
August 29, 2015
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In her foreword to the first reissue of Fran Ross’s Oreo, Harryette Mullen writes, “With its mix of vernacular dialects, bilingual and ethnic humor, inside jokes, neologisms, verbal quirks, and linguistic oddities, Ross’s novel dazzles by deliberately straining the abilities…

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