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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the style of Thomas Pynchon
  • adj. Densely convoluted, verbose and full of allusion


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Pynchon +‎ -esque


  • Although FUG YOU has no sewer-dwelling alligators hunted by a posse of misfits with shotguns, it has plenty of details that are equally preposterous and Pynchonesque.

    Jan Herman: 'FUG YOU': A Decade of Poetry, Politics, and Rock 'n' Roll

  • Pynchonesque: inscrutable; of astounding length — potential violation of Charter s. 11 (b) right to be tried within a reasonable time.

    2009 February : Law is Cool

  • The headline reads "US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig"; the article is dated April 30th, and it appears to have originated at the What Does it Mean? website, as a post by a woman with the Pynchonesque name of Sorcha Faal.

    Arthur Goldwag: Oil Spill Shillery

  • A Pynchonesque prank, to be sure, but a prank nonetheless.

    Pynchon and The New Yorker: Pranksters Fess Up - Paper Cuts Blog -

  • Via Joycean delight or Pynchonesque wit, we do gain enjoyment, however parsed out.


  • Pynchonesque revelry in signs and codes with the lush psychedelics of William Burroughs to create an intellectually provocative novel that unfurls like a brooding, phosphorescent dream.

    NYT > Home Page

  • For some years there had already been murmurs and hints about the arrival of a massive new contender for Great American Novel, or at least Decade-Defining Doorstop; a huge, Pynchonesque, unsummarizable, labyrinthine, comic-tragic-ironic book about tennis and addiction that some math geek from Illinois had been brazen enough to call

    The Joy of Sox

  • In such novels as The Adventures of Roderick Random, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, and The Expedition of Humphry Clinker -- even the names of the protagonists are appropriately Pynchonesque -- Smollett helped establish the picaresque as a narrative strategy in the early English novel, but despite Smollett's influence on, for example, Charles Dickens, both he and the kind of picaresque narrative emphasizing "randomness" and digression was superseded by the post-Flaubert novel of realism and the "well-made story."

    Genre Fiction

  • Stan: The Pynchonesque title of the SPCSAPS (S) is in just eight words a milion times funnier than the entirety of Pynchon’s last long-winded novel.

    Apostrophes in business names and place names

  • a writer of virtuosic skills who can seemingly do anything, someone who can write funny, write sad, write serious, write satiric, a writer who's equally adept at the Pynchonesque epic and the Nicolson Bakeresque minute, a pushing-the-envelope postmodernist who's also able to create flesh-and-blood characters and genuinely moving scenes.

    The Joy of Sox


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