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Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
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Quote:"What more do they want? She asks this seriously, as if there's a real conversion factor between information and lives. Well, strange to say, there is. Written down in the Manual, on file at the War Department. Don't forget the real business of the War is buying and selling. The murdering and violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as a spectacle, as a diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world. Best of all, mass death's a stimulus to just ordinary folks, little fellows, to try 'n' grab a piece of that Pie while they're still here to gobble it up. The true war is a celebration of markets. Organic markets, carefully styled "black" by the professionals, spring up everywhere. Scrip, Sterling, Reichsmarks, continue to move, severe as classical ballet, inside their antiseptic marble chambers. But out here, down here among the people, the truer currencies come into being. So, Jews are negotiable. Every bit as negotiable as cigarettes, cunt, or Hershey bars."

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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Jan Klimkowski Wrote:
Quote:"It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world."

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

This is wisdom, timeless and inescapable.
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#23
Charles Drago Wrote:
Jan Klimkowski Wrote:
Quote:"It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world."

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

This is wisdom, timeless and inescapable.

It is.

But indulge me, Pynchon's prose is resonant, and a longer excerpt sprinkles some subtly different magick dust.

The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as a spectacle, as a diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world.

Mass death.

Grieving parents.

Griefstricken friends.

Mass death. Bloody slaughter.

Trauma used to switch the points.... to send the train hurtling along the chosen tracks...
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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#24
Gravity's Rainbow represents, in my view, one of the most impressive novels of the twentieth century. It's a book that probably very few young people today, with their ever shortening attention spans, could possibly read. If you think James Joyce or Kurt Vonnegut liked varying plots and seemingly unconnected transitions, Pychon is in a league of his own in this regard.

Reading this book today, one realizes just how puritanized our culture has become. Pynchon has a long scene in Gravity's Rainbow, which features an underage girl (I believe she's 11) as a knowing temptress who is spanked in front of the entire ship, who are so turned on by it that an impromptu orgy ensues. She is later raped and killed on board. I don't think a major publisher would permit such a scenario in today's America, much as the 1978 movie Pretty Baby would be considered child pornography now. Whether that means we've regressed in our views towards sexuality, or merely adopted a more sensible, moral approach, it can't be denied that a startling change has taken place on this subject in the past 25 years or so.

My favorite scene in Gravity's Rainbow is when Slothrop goes literally down the toilet and meets a military officer in the sewer. Here's a snippet of their conversation:

"Look on it as an optimization problem. The country can best support only one of each.
Q: Then what about all the others? Boston. London. The ones who live in cities. Are those people real, or what?
A: Some are real, and some aren't.
Q: Well are the real ones necessary? or unnecessary?
A: It depends what you have in mind.
Q: Shit, I don't have anything in mind.
A: We do."

I was so impressed with this that I was later inspired to title my 2007 novel The Unreals.

Btw, Pynchon was considered one of the most notorious shut-ins the literary world has ever produced. Has he ever been photographed? Supposedly, he provided a voice for one of the Simpsons episodes, but I'm not sure it was ever verified to have been him.
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"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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#26
From an interview with Alex Constantine:

Quote:CONSTANTINE: To give you an example, Phil Ochs developed a multiple personality. He was a part of a group I called the "Baez Contras" who surrounded Joan Baez. It's known that Joan was used in C.I.A. mind control experimentation at a very early age. She was subjected to trauma-based programming, which is still in use today in the creation of multiple personalities. If you look at the latest record by Joan Baez, she thanks her multiple personalities on the back of the record. Then you have her friend Phil Ochs, who was equally adamant in his opposition to the U.S. government and covert operations and he developed a multiple personality by the name of John Train. It wasn't until ten years later that the name "John Train" surfaced as a C.I.A. operative working on Wall Street. As a matter of fact, Lyndon LaRouche complained about an agent named John Train who supposedly led him to his present jail sentence. During the 1960s and Seventies, John Train of the C.I.A. had the job of disrupting the Left, which was the sole purpose of Operation Chaos. So how was it that Phil Ochs came to have a multiple personality with the name of an actual C.I.A. agent? We know Phil Ochs was found hung in 1976 and it was his alternate personality that did the hanging that actually assassinated the host personality.

The F.B.I. and C.I.A. came together in Operation Chaos; it was an inter-agency program that drew upon the entire intelligence apparatus of the U.S. government. As I say, it was the largest covert project in American history.

SECONDS: Could you provide more informational support on the idea that Joan Baez was involved?

CONSTANTINE: Yes. She's admitted in private letters to two organizations for mind control victims that she had been submitted to trauma-based programming as a child.

SECONDS: What's trauma-based programming?

CONSTANTINE: The C.I.A. found they could take a young child, subject that child to extreme trauma, forcing the child to withdraw within himself. That's called disassociation and at that stage you can begin to program the child by creating altered personalities. Often the altered personality lives in the area of the body that is tortured. So if the child is tortured in the shoulder, for instance, he may have a multiple personality that lives in the shoulder.

SECONDS: How would a child he tortured?

CONSTANTINE: With electric shock.

SECONDS: Joan Baez's family was

CONSTANTINE: Her father was the head of Operations Research at Cornell University, which is known today as being the home base for all MK-Ultra contracts during the 1950s.

SECONDS: What does "Operations Research" mean?

CONSTANTINE: I'm not sure, but that was his title. Cornell was the home of all mind control experimentation conducted by the C.I.A. It was the also the home of the Human Ecology Fund, which is well known as the contract base of MK-Ultra. The C.I.A. handed out contracts to Ivy League universities and behind the fences of these colleges around the country there were scientists conducting over one hundred and twenty different sub-projects in the field of mind control.

SECONDS: So we have Phil Ochs and Joan Baez

CONSTANTINE: In a small circle of Folk singers, what are the odds that two of them would have multiple personalities? Now Joan Baez reaches the age of seventeen and hits those coffeehouses with her guitar and begins associating with a young man named Bob Dylan who, if you recall, has a motorcycle accident in 1966. This is three months after Joan Baez's brother-in-law had a fatal motorcycle accident. How was it this came about? Those are questions I want to ask about these musicians and their tragic lives. In the case of Phil Ochs, it's easy to understand why he was targeted by Operation Chaos. He was at the Chicago convention remember "Pig For President"? That was his pig. He was one of the organizers of the Chicago event. His career was on the rise up to the Chicago convention; then after the convention it went into steep decline. He was blackballed by the radio stations; he had a difficult time getting record contracts; his career nose-dived from 1968 until his death.

SECONDS: What other musicians were assassinated?

CONSTANTINE: There's a whole slew of musicians who were vocally political and opposed the Central Intelligence Agency. Joan Baez had gone to Chile and rallied against the C.I.A. and the youth movement in general had targeted the Central Intelligence Agency for its role in the Vietnam War and bringing the United States into it. You had Fascism openly condemned on campuses; they were burning Nixon in effigy this is why Operation Chaos geared up. To put down the youth movement entailed assassinating political leaders and musicians who spoke openly against the Nixon regime.

Mimi Baez, Joan's sister, was married to the folk singer and poet Richard Farina.

Farina was the best friend of Thomas Pynchon.

Farina is Joan Baez's brother-in-law who died in a motorcycle accident.

Pynchon dedicated Gravity's Rainbow to Richard Farina.

The following is strictly for those with Eyes Wide Open.

Quote:"Pavlov was fascinated with the "ideas of the opposite". Call it a cluster of cells, somewhere on the cortex of the brain. Helping to disintiguish pleasure from pain, light from dark, dominance from submission….but when somehow starve them, traumatize, castrate them send them over into one of the transmarginal phases, past borders of their waking selves, past equivalent and paradoxical phases you weaken this idea of the opposite, and here all at once is the paranoid patient, who would be master, yet now feels himself a slave…..who would be loved, but suffers his world's indifference, and "I think", Pavlov writing to Janet, "it is precisely the ultraparadoxical phase which is the base of the weakening of the idea of the opposite in our patients. Our madmen, our paranoid, maniac, schizoid, morally imbecilic.
Spectro shakes his head. "You are putting response before stimulus. Not at all. Think about it. He is out there, he can feel them coming, days in advance, but it is a reflex. A reflex to something that is in the air right now, something were too coarsely put together to sense, but Slothrop can."

Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow


Tyrone Slothrop.

Infant conditioning.

IG Farben.

Behaviourist conditioning.

Nazi scientist Laszlo Jamf Paperclipped to the USofA.

A programmed Reflex, linking Sex and Death.

Imipolex-G.

Conditioning infants.

The Good Rocket to take us to the Stars.

The Evil Rocket for the World's suicide.

The two perpetually in struggle.



Quote:So generation after generation of men in love with pain and passivity serve out their time in the Zone, silent, redolent of faded sperm, terrified of dying, desperately addicted to the comforts others sell them, however useless, ugly or shallow, willing to have life defined for them by men whose only talent is for death.

Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Quote:There is also the story about Tyrone Slothrop, who was sent into the Zone to be present as his own assembly--perhaps heavily paranoid voices whisper, 'his time's assembly'--and there ought to be a punchline to it, but there isn't. The plan went wrong. He is being broken down instead and being scattered. His cards have been laid down, Celtic style, in the order suggested by Mr. A.E. Waite, laid out and read, but they are the cards of a tanker and feeb: they point only to a long and scuffling future, to mediocrity...-to no clear happiness or redeeming cataclysm.

Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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#27
Jan Klimkowski Wrote:
Charles Drago Wrote:
Jan Klimkowski Wrote:
Quote:"It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world."

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

This is wisdom, timeless and inescapable.

It is.

But indulge me, Pynchon's prose is resonant, and a longer excerpt sprinkles some subtly different magick dust.

The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as a spectacle, as a diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world.

Mass death.

Grieving parents.

Griefstricken friends.

Mass death. Bloody slaughter.

Trauma used to switch the points.... to send the train hurtling along the chosen tracks...

The cold, calculated use of genocide simply as a means of deflection. It's chilling. No, it's worse.

To carry out such a thing you have to be devoid of a heart, free of thoughts of right or wrong. Pathological. Malevolent. What used to be called evil.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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#28
Quote:Mimi Baez, Joan's sister, was married to the folk singer and poet Richard Farina.

Farina was the best friend of Thomas Pynchon.

Farina is Joan Baez's brother-in-law who died in a motorcycle accident.

Pynchon dedicated Gravity's Rainbow to Richard Farina.

Interesting, new to me [only knew what is on the first line], and with a strange synchronicity to it.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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#29
Peter Lemkin Wrote:
Quote:Mimi Baez, Joan's sister, was married to the folk singer and poet Richard Farina.

Farina was the best friend of Thomas Pynchon.

Farina is Joan Baez's brother-in-law who died in a motorcycle accident.

Pynchon dedicated Gravity's Rainbow to Richard Farina.

Interesting, new to me [only knew what is on the first line], and with a strange synchronicity to it.

Same here. I knew Farina was married to Joan's sister and that he died in a motorcycle accident. I read Been Down So Long It Looks LIke Up to me at age eighteen.
But the stuff about Joan Baez being an MKULTRA victim is totally new to me. As is the Phil Oachs info. I too loved his music and his politics, see this article by BK as unwitting Cointelpro.
Operation Chaos had to destroy the love/anti war movement as it had become too large. The years between 1967 - 1970 were such a time of hope.
It felt like we- the love generation- really could change the world. Alas, such thought is quickly extinguished. Always. All through history.
The masters in control worship evil.
I weep for my teen-early adult years that now feel like a lie. Of course it was a lie. MLK and Bobby had already been assassinated.
Peace was never an option.
"All we are saying". And then he too was killed, when no-one expected it.
Dawn

I too had not heard of this work Jan, so thanks for posting this.
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#30
Looks like an amazing read... hope I can get to it in due time
DJ

http://people.clarkson.edu/~damondt/Thom...w_v1.5.pdf

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Beyond the
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Un Perm' au
Casino
Hermann
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In the Zone
4 The
Counterforce

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SCREAMING COMES ACROSS THE SKY. It has happened
before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
It is too late. The Evacuation still proceeds, but it's all theatre.
There are no lights inside the cars. No light anywhere. Above him lift
girders old as an iron queen, and glass somewhere far above that
would let the light of day through. But it's night. He's afraid of the way the
glass will fallsoonit will be a spectacle: the fall of a crystal palace.
But coming down in total blackout, without one glint of light, only great
invisible crashing.
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Once in a while you get shown the light
in the strangest of places if you look at it right.....
R. Hunter
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