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Revision as of 13:35, 1 October 2009

Welcome to the Inherent Vice Wiki!

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This is the newly created Wiki for Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. Besides using the Alphabetical Index and the page-by-page annotation, you can also take a look at Inherent Vice covers, read the reviews, or entertain some theories on the source of the title.

Pynchon Narrates Inherent Vice Promotional Video

Can flying pigs be far behind?

Penguin Press confirms that the video is narrated by Pynchon. Source

Read — and participate in — a discussion of this video »

How to Use this Wiki

There are two major ways to use this wiki. The first is the Inherent Vice Alphabetical Index, used to keep track of the myriad characters, real and imagined, as well as events, arcana, and lots of other stuff. The second is the Spoiler-Free Annotations by Page, which allows the reader to look up and contribute allusions and references while reading the book, in a convenient and spoiler-free manner.

Apart from those, it's up to you.

Alphabetical Index

Information on the characters, events, and everything else in Inherent Vice, organized alphabetically:
Inherent Vice Alpha Guide

Page by Page Annotations

Chapter 1
pp. 1-18
Chapter 2
pp. 19-45
Chapter 3
pp. 46-49
Chapter 4
pp. 50-54
Chapter 5
pp. 55-67
Chapter 6
pp. 68-88
Chapter 7
pp. 89-110
Chapter 8
pp. 111-123
Chapter 9
pp. 124-153
Chapter 10
pp. 154-162
Chapter 11
pp. 163-185
Chapter 12
pp. 186-206
Chapter 13
pp. 207-234
Chapter 14
pp. 235-255
Chapter 15
pp. 256-274
Chapter 16
pp. 275-295
Chapter 17
pp. 296-314
Chapter 18
pp. 315-342
Chapter 19
pp. 343-350
Chapter 20
pp. 351-363
Chapter 21
pp. 364-369

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External Links

The Modern Word: Inherent Vice
The Fictional Woods - a Pynchon forum

Featured Articles

"Call It Capitalism" by Thomas Jones, for the London Review of Books, is a thoughtful, knowledgeable and insightful review of Inherent Vice, linking it to Pynchon's themes from The Crying of Lot 49 to Mason & Dixon. A must read! Read the review...

Pynchon and Comics - Sean Rogers: "Ever attuned to the lower frequencies of American culture, the wavelengths where rock and roll and monster movies and The Tube all play out, Pynchon is an author who can ably salt away a few references to comics, too, throughout his works. The guy hips himself to so many things—from 18th century naval battles to Jacobean revenge drama to the intricacies of rhinoplasty—that to happen across nods to underground comics, or moral outlooks articulated by way of classic cartooning like George Herriman’s comic strip Kat, is simply par for a very wide-ranging course." Read the article...

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