“It’s a kind of totemistic thing, you know.”


A long time ago, when I was just a tadpole, I read a book called V. by Thomas Pynchon, and it helped me decide–along with The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and Another Country by James Baldwin–to set aside my premed studies and pursue writing exclusively.

And so way back then, when I saw a first edition of V. at Brentwood’s (now gone) Vagabond Books, with a torn and faded dust jacket, I saved up the $100 to buy it.

I couldn’t really afford it, and I doubted it would grow much in value, considering the condition, but it’s a purchase I have never regretted.

One thought on ““It’s a kind of totemistic thing, you know.”

  1. Awesome. I read V. when I was just a tadpole, too. On a semester abroad in Florence. I’d already decided, thanks to Faulkner and Hemingway, that I wanted to do this writing thing, but my memories of reading that book are as vivid as any from the time I spent in Italy.

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