Pynchon Wiki: Against the Day
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This is the Wiki for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. You can take a look at the cover, read the book description written by Pynchon himself, read the reviews, entertain some theories on the source of the title, or check out the Errata.
How to Use this Wiki
There are two major ways to use this wiki. The first is the Against the Day 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. These two sections are so far almost entirely different, but we're working on integrating them.
Apart from those, it's up to you! In addition to your own research, feel free to add relevant information or interpetations gleaned from other Against the Day online discussions such as the Pynchon-L mailing list, The Chumps of Choice blog, Against the Day blog, and others-- with proper attribution, of course.
Alphabetical IndexInformation on the characters, events, and everything else in Against the Day, organized alphabetically:
Spoiler-free Annotations by Page
An alternate form of commentary on the text. The guiding principle of these annotations is to remain spoiler-free, so that readers can follow along without the fear that later parts of the book will be revealed.
The Light Over the Ranges
Against the Day
Rue du Départ
Pynchon Wiki Help and Contributor Guidelines
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- Pynchonoid Blog
- ATD Blog
- Another ATD Blog
- Wikipedia ATD page
- Emanating Against the Day
- 1911 Encyclopaedia Brittanica
- Extended ToC for Against the Day
- The Fuss About Pynchon - Great article by John Carvill in PopMatters about Pynchon's work.
It’s Just Not Cricket: Cricket as Metaphor in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day
Peter Vernon presented this insightful paper at the Conference on Against the Day held in Tours, France, in June 2007, elucidating one of Against the Day's myriad vectors of meaning.
- "It is for two main reasons, I believe, that Pynchon uses the game of cricket as a metaphor in Against the Day. First, because cricket is the Imperial game, a game exported by the British to its colonies. And, second, because cricket is a game of balance, doubles and mirror images. The off-break is exactly balanced by the leg-break; the googly by the doosra. Cricket operates in terms of mirror-images and can be seen, therefore, to connect, on a metaphorical level, with the themes of Double Refraction, the Michelson-Morley Experiment, Iceland Spar, the Zombinis and the Isle of Mirrors in Venice." ( Read on...)