Two-Thirds of the Audio Book Club Liked Pynchon’s New Novel. One-Third Hated It More Than Anything Ever.

Thomas Pynchon discussion and podcast about Bleeding Edge.

Thomas Pynchon discussion and podcast about Bleeding Edge.

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Nov. 8 2013 9:00 AM

The Audio Book Club Wrestles Thomas Pynchon

Dan, Hanna, and Forrest argue about Bleeding Edge.

This month, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Forrest Wickman discuss Thomas Pynchon’s new novel of high conspiracy and low comedy in 2001 New York, Bleeding Edge. Listen below to hear Forrest and Dan attempt to defend the novel from Hanna’s white-hot hate.

Next month’s Audio Book Club will discuss Donna Tartt’s blockbuster of a novel about an orphan wrapped up in the New York art world, The Goldfinch. Read the book, check out the Slate Book Review author-editor conversation with Tartt, and join us for our discussion on Dec. 6.


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Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor.