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Questions about Thomas Pynchon's 1965 novel 'The Crying of Lot 49'. Use this tag with [thomas-pynchon].

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In The Crying of Lot 49, why does Bortz feel he's "too young" to answer his son's questions?

Late on in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, Professor Bortz says the following to the protagonist, Oedipa, as they discuss a book related to the fictional Jacobean playwright Richard Wharfinger. "...
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Why is "The Crying of Lot 49" considered metafiction?

Why is Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 considered metafiction? I've read some articles about historiographic metafiction in The Crying of Lot 49, but still can't understand it. Rabeb Ben Hania: ...
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Meaning of "But were Oedipa some single melted crystal of urban horse” from “The Crying of Lot 49”

What does “But were Oedipa some single melted crystal of urban horse” mean? Here is the full quote: What the road really was, she fancied, was this hypodermic needle, inserted somewhere ahead into ...
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