Thomas Pynchon

Happy Pynchon in Public Day!

Happy Pynchon in Public Day!

Could it be a conspiracy?

More like fandom. Today is Thomas Pynchon's birthday -- his 77th -- and to celebrate the author's work, a faithful reader has dubbed May 8 Pynchon in Public Day.

It's not an attempt to draw the famously reclusive writer out into the spotlight. Founder John Dee, who held the first Pynchon in Public Day in 2011 in Britain, asks people to take their Pynchon books out into the world and read them.

"Pynchon is not that well known in the U.K.," Dee told me by email last year. "He is known in academic circles but not so much by the...

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