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Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow

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ISBN10: 0977312798
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Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973), set in an alternative-universe version of World War II, has been called a modern Finnegan's Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers' experience of the book. A leading exponent of punk-based, DIY art, Smith here presents his most ambitious project to date — an art book exactly as long as the work it's interpreting: 760 drawings, paintings, photos, and less definable images in 760 pages. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war — a burned-out Königstiger tank, a melted machine gun — coexist alongside such phantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the "stumbling bird" and "Girgori the octopus." Smith has stated his aim to be "as literal as possible" in interpreting Gravity's Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerfully unique as the prose they honor.

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"Zak Smith, with uninhibited bravado and exactly the right kind of insanity, has done something remarkable in Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated: created a series of images that approach the richness of their source. He draws a lurid and intoxicating netherworld, complete in its own right and, at the same time, an illuminating companion to the novel." Emily Barton , Los Angeles Times

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Zak Smith was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1976. In addition to the Gravity's Rainbow illustrations, which were shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and are now in the collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Smith's recent projects include the multipanel painting 100 Girls and 100 Octopuses and an ongoing series of portraits of friends and acquaintances in the sex industry entitled Girls in the Naked Girl Business as well as a number of stand-alone paintings and drawings, abstract and otherwise. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide and is held in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. He is a frequent contributor to several independent comics and zines, including Paping and See How Pretty, See How Smart. His first monograph, Zak Smith: Pictures Of Girls, was published in 2005. He lives and works in Brooklyn, where he is currently working on new paintings as well as an autobiographical series entitled Drawings from around the Time I Became a Porn Star.

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novacop923, April 13, 2012 (view all comments by novacop923)
Unlike J.T. Leroy, THIS is a "hoax," properly speaking!

Sorry to burst everyone's bubble (I haven't seen many reviews with this high an average on Amazon, truth be told), but: there's no evidence whatsoever -- despite the convenient "title" -- that Mr. Smith actually had the attention span to plow through the whole thing.

There's no mention of I.G. Farben (the REAL company which predetermines Lt. Tyrone Slothrop's life), the Hereros (the African tribe -- the "unfinished business" -- who launch the 00001 rocket on the [American] reader's head), or the "Bell" in the mineshaft Slothrop goes down (fictional-IZED, not "fictional," as it turns out) in the "Introduction" Mr. Smith provides; just some ranting & drooling about how "hard" he worked, before milking a contact's ability to get him in the business of starring in pornographic / debasement / defilement films, as result of his newfound "fame."

Truth be told, I can't make heads nor tails of Smith's illegible, inexpressive chicken-scratch; my best guess is, he glanced at EACH PAGE -- one at a time -- and figured he'd get away with professing to show what happens on "Each Page," without any respect to narrative continuity or actual plot events.

If this is true -- and only checking the text of "G's R" against THIS book will suffice, not personal testimonies by the "author" of this claptrap -- Tin House Books needs (at LEAST!) to pull it from it's place on the shelves aside Pynchon's novel(s) in every Barnes & Noble & other indie bookstore in the country.

I mean . . . what's next? "Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of . . " Fight Club and Atonement, too, without reading THOSE, either? Sheesh!
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d_yer_m_aker, April 8, 2007 (view all comments by d_yer_m_aker)
WOW. Amazing illustrations...I'm doing an online courtsey.........I am not worthy!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977312795
Author:
Smith, Zak
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Introduction by:
Erickson, Steve
Introduction:
Erickson, Steve
Author:
Erickson, Steve
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Illustration of books
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Museum
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Conceptual
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Illustration of books -- United States.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
8 x 6.5 in 62 oz

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"Review" by , "Zak Smith, with uninhibited bravado and exactly the right kind of insanity, has done something remarkable in Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated: created a series of images that approach the richness of their source. He draws a lurid and intoxicating netherworld, complete in its own right and, at the same time, an illuminating companion to the novel."
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