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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
Donald Hall
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman

Notes on Adaptation: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon

The rule, in Carissaland, is Always Read the Book First. 

 

So I've known for some time that an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" was in the works. But I wasn't terribly interested in a trippy movie from an era that doesn't really enchant me. I didn't prioritize reading the book and had no plans to head for the movie in the theaters (even though Joaquin Phoenix often is a draw for me). 

 

However one of my weekly podcasts, "Filmspotting," reviewed it this week, and I just heard an NPR interview with the director, Paul Thomas Anderson. Had I known it was Anderson making the film, I would have committed to reading the book much sooner. 

 

I got it from the campus library yesterday and started reading it today. My first Pynchon. About 20 pages in, thoughts brewing, but not ready to say anything specific yet. 

 

-cg