It may be a stretch, but this reader at least finds this whole discussion between Basnight and Ponghill, pp.173-174, recalls, somehow, the Unabomber and his letter bombs, his continued residence in jail and the letters he receives (and the missives he published while a fugitive from justice), and the fact that Pynchon was somehow mixed up in it by suspicious FBI or Department of Justice types, however that story goes.

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