"Imagine Stuart Gilbert,
Gertrude Stein, Hugh Kenner, Edmund Wilson, and a host of
lesser lights chatting about the Aeolus chapter of Joyce's
Ulysses on the Internet.... Lineland at once
adds facts and commentary to the sparse information about
the reclusive Pynchon and demonstrates 'virtual community'
in action. An odd but often fascinating book." --Mary
Carroll, American Library Association Booklist
combines an original format with just enough juicy tidbits
about Pynchon to satisfy the curious. The book also reveals
several different sides of the Internet. With its combination
of cyber-culture and Pynchon gossip, Lineland should
appeal to a variety of readers."
pushes the envelope of what we think of as a book."
"A subscriber to the
Pynchon mailing-list at Pynchon-L@Waste.Org, a place where
numerous international dilettantes and scholars feel free
to express their confusion and their inability to tackle
his works, and to indulge in "flaming" of each
other, Jules Siegel is immune to irony. Solipsistic may
be too kind a word to describe this book. Quite simply put,
large parts of Lineland are self-serving and narcissistic
in the extreme." --Dr. Larry Daw, Spermatikos Logos, July 13, 1997
[Edited a bit unfairly
to express the essence of the original review, which is
well worth inspecting for sheer unreasoning outrage.]
"Pynchon fans have got to
read Lineland. Any one else will enjoy it because
it is fun." --Jimmy Montague
"Readers of all backgrounds,
whether computer experienced or not, will enjoy this Internet
cocktail party!" --Midwest Book Review
"This book is an original.
I haven't seen anything like it before or since. If you
have any interest in literature or computers, you will want
to look this over." -- Buzz Review
The talent and skill he has
in bringing this slice of online life to us is undeniable.
Lineland is a fascinating work, and I like it a lot. --Mike McCallister
The American Reporter
not about Pynchon or the Internet alone. It is about our
culture colliding with communications technology and becoming
something new." --John-James Sargent
"I'm not a Pynchon devotee.
But I really enjoyed Lineland. The material about
Pynchon and the sixties is intriguing, and the autobiographical
thread at Lineland's core is more than capable of
holding it all together... Lighthearted and engaging."
-- Danny Yee's Book Reviews
upfront and personal." --Meg Larson
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