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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) (Paperback)

by Thomas Pynchon

How I Got It: 'Breakfast of Champions' 6

That I could have found a book that so enflamed me in such a serene, well-meaning place now seems to me a rude and minor marvel.

The Art of the Epigraph 9

I didn't have a great need to write that story, but the quote would have fit it so perfectly I actually have an unfinished draft somewhere in my discarded Word documents.

The Appeals and Perils of the One-Word Book Title 33

At their best, one-word titles distill content to its purest essence, which is what all titles strive to do, and then they stick in the mind. Sometimes, of course, they fall flat, and much of the time they're just lukewarm and vague or, worse, falsely grand.

Most Anticipated: Rounding Out 2009, An Epic Year for Books 26