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Slothrop dodging?

August 18, 2011 \am\31 10:02 am

Reading a 2005 Book Forum appreciation for Gravity’s Rainbow, we were left with one indelible thought: Thomas Pynchon nearly had the worst book titles.

According to the story, alternate titles for V. included: 

  • The Yo-Yo World of Benny Profane
  • The Quest of Herbert Stencil
  • World on a String
  • Blood’s a Rover
  • Down Paradise Street
  • And His Ass Falls Off
  • Footsteps of the Gone
  • Dream Tonight of Peacock Tails
  • The Republican Party Is a Machine



Proposed titles for Gravity’s Rainbow included:

  • Mindless Pleasures
  • Powers That Be
  • Angel of the Preterite
  • Control
  • Slothrop Dodging





Proposed alternates for Against the Day:

  • Hernia-Maker (Not really, but still, that thing’s huge)
  1. August 18, 2011 \pm\31 3:10 pm 3:10 pm

    hehe this is awesome

    gravity’s rainbow is the best name

    i mean to read it (the other day i had a dream that i said that and someone replied ‘don’t read that, you’re not ready yet’ and i was all wtf)

    • August 18, 2011 \pm\31 3:16 pm 3:16 pm

      Admittedly, I’ve tried and failed twice. Maybe if it was called “Angel of the Preterite” I’d have better luck. Yeah, let’s say that.

  2. Edward Folger permalink
    August 20, 2011 \am\31 10:56 am 10:56 am

    Read Gravity’s Rainbow and Against the Day and you will understand the 20th cenury.

    • August 21, 2011 \am\31 8:26 am 8:26 am

      i don’t understand any century so i will take your advice!

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