If you want to explore the great writer’s life, you might want to enjoy some beer-braised chicken tacos. Pepper and Salt has a great post about some of Pynchon’s favorite food. Check it out:
As his friends’ memories, he was always seeking his next meal: “wearing an old red hunting-jacket and sunglasses, doting on Mexican food at a taco stand.” Throughout the late 60s and 70s, Pynchon became a regular at El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach (It’s still open today, if you want to follow in his culinary footsteps). Neighbors would frequently spot him chowing down—the notorious hermit, lured into public by a burrito.
Back in 2009, Pynchon himself actually narrated his own book trailer.
The book trailer (embedded above) features a nearly five minute interview with a strange character identified as “Sleazus, an Upper West Side Macher,” but he also wears a t-shirt that says “Hi, I’m Tom Pynchon.” Here’s more about the book:
It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left…