Writing Fiction with My Mouth

Posted on 12 August 2011

This photo is from a very special Simpsons episode. No, not because it was was particularly funny (though it was about Marge writing a romance novel. And Homer does say, “I didn’t lie. I was writing fiction with my mouth”), but because Thomas Pynchon made a cameo. Here’s a short clip. (But wait! There’s more!)

In case that 7-year-old Simpsons clip hasn’t tipped you off, I am drained. I’ve got nothing today except for a few links.

Here’s the first one, about Pynchon’s “appearance” on that Simpsons episode:

Aside from the bit of fun at the idea of the world’s most reclusive author out on the street hawking photo ops, what do we walk away with? For starters, now we know how Pynchon pronounces his own last name, “Pinch-AWN” rather than “PINCH-un” (which I have been saying for years). You can tell that he enjoys his lines, delivering them with amateur, though earnest, theatricality. Combined with a pronounced Long Island accent, he comes across as a kindly guy who’s “still crazy after all these years,” as Salman Rushdie put it when reviewing Vineland. (link)

In other news, here’s a delightful wordswimmer interview with Tricia Springstubb, who graced this blog with a guest post a earlier this summer. Among other tidbits, she lets us know how she gets back on track after losing her way while writing a novel or story: “There’s also the age-old, never-fail question: what does my character want and what’s standing in her way?”

Finally, because it’s the end of the week and I’m exhausted and need the weekend more than anything, here are some suggestions from The Complete Guide to the Care and Training of the Writer in Your Life. “In short, expect nothing less than posthumous glory, but be patient.” Exactly.

Are you patiently awaiting your posthumous glory?


9 responses to Writing Fiction with My Mouth

  • Averil Dean says:

    I’m tired too, and more than ready for the weekend to begin. I looked at myself in the mirror last night and thought, Damn, you look old.

    I’d really prefer our glory to arrive prehumously. Can that be arranged?

  • amyg says:

    shit (sorry, shoot), not only do i have another blog i want to keep up with but a another book on amazon wish list. (that yoga journal practically had my name written on the cover.)

  • Downith says:

    Writing fiction with my mouth – so that’s what it’s called.

    Great interview with Tricia -thanks for the link.

    Hope you had a restful weekend.

  • Teri says:

    First, one day I hope to understand a Pynchon book. That man is convoluted!

    If I’m being honest, I want the line around the block in NYC waiting for me to sign my book, so I’d best do that before I kick it. ;-)

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