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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Pynchonian names in real life

Here's a list I've been compiling over the last year of real people's names that could have been found in The Crying of Lot 49.

Mort Fallick
, 1950s-era film producer/director/editor
Brian Crummy, founder of flowerpetal.com
Peter Elbow, UMass English professor and viola player
Suzanne M. Bump, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Tertia Downer, lawsuit defendant
Morton Manus, author of How to Play Ukulele
Joe Panik, St. John's University infielder
Jodi Weed, charged with giving her daughter marijuana in Albuquerque, N.M.
Special Harris, tormented middle schooler in Tampa, Fla.
Ho Suk Kim, prostitute in Tampa, Fla.
Robyn Thunderchild, resident of Worthington, Mass.
Gordon Yell, Daily Hampshire Gazette reader
Grantly Dick-Read, English obstetrician
Steve Butt, Swindon (UK) Advertiser sports reporter
Farhat Nazi, Amherst resident
John Lepper, Massachusetts state rep. (R-Attleboro)
Heather Lusty, Joycean, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, author of “Caught in the Act!: Sexual Transgressions in the Social Sphere as Political Exposition in Barnes and Joyce”
Augusta 'Gusty' Hornblower, state rep. from Groton, Mass. (d. 1994)
Master Sgt. Reggie Godbolt, Westover Air Force reservist
William Sink, resident of Ware, Mass.
Bucky Sparkle, yoga instructor

Another repository of funny names, most of them made up: Funny Names.



At 11:04 AM, Blogger Carey said...

I read that book senior year for a report of some kind. I'm trying to get Martin to read it now.

I have Gravity's Rainbow but feel overwhelmed just looking at it...


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