quinta-feira, janeiro 29, 2004
Thomas Pynchon nos Simpsons
imagens a partir da Amy`s Robot, onde podemos, também, ouvir a voz de Thomas Pynchon.
Well, here’s the big one. For years, Pynchon avoided being photographed, declined interviews, and never spoke in public. So where does he decide to let the public first hear his voice? The Simpsons, of course.
Airing January 25, 2004, episode FABF05 is titled “The Harpooned Heart,” and deals with Marge’s transformation into a novelist. More than just revealing Pynchon’s voice, we finally find out the name of that sailboat painting hanging over the Simpson’s protean couch: A SCENE FROM MOBY DICK.
Finding this an impromptu inspiration, Marge writes her first novel, The Harpooned Heart, a tale about Nantucket whaling wife Temperance Sparrow and her husband, the wretched Captain Mordecai. Feeling unloved by her salty spouse, and no-doubt unfulfilled by her he’s-at-home, Temperance falls for Cyrus, the sexy neighbor down the street. In the end, both men are dragged to their death after Captain Mordecai harpoons his rival through the heart, inadvertently attaching them both to a sounding leviathan.
After praising her manuscript, her publisher seeks blurbs from Thomas Pynchon and Tom Clancy. In the short Pynchon scene, we see the author by the side of the road, his head concealed behind a paper bag bearing a question mark. His house is marked by a sign: “Thomas Pynchon’s House: Come On In!” Speaking on his cell phone, Pynchon desperately seeks to be noticed by the passing cars:
Pynchon: “Here’s your quote: ‘Thomas Pynchon loved this book, almost as much as he loves cameras.’”
After hanging up, he puts on a placard emblazoned with his name, and shouts to the oblivious traffic:
“Hey, over here! Have your picture taken with a reclusive author. Today only, we’ll throw in a free autograph! But wait – there’s more!”
After securing this blurb, the publisher traps Tom Clancy, and the book is published to popular success, despite being critically trounced. Naturally, Marge’s fellow Springfielders read her work as a roman à clef, a chronicle of frustration expressing her dissatisfaction with Homer and confessing a secret passion for Ned Flanders. From this point on, as they say, hilarity ensues.
posted by Luís Miguel Dias quinta-feira, janeiro 29, 2004