the rigorous m

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quotes: pynchon

Posted by rigorousm on January 20, 2011

They are approaching now a lengthy brick improvisation, a Victorian paraphrase of what once, long ago, resulted in Gothic cathedrals—but which, in its own time, arose not from any need climb through the fashioning of suitable confusions toward any apical God, but more in a derangement of aim, a doubt as to the God’s actual locus (or, in some, as to its very existence), out of a cruel network of sensuous moments that could not be transcended and so bent the intentions of the builders not on any zenith, but back to fright, to simple escape, in whatever direction, from what the industrial smoke, street excrement, windowless warrens, shrugging leather forests of drive belts, flowing and patient shadow states of the rats and flies, were saying about the chances for merry that year. The grimed brick spread is known as the Hospital of St. Veronica of the True Image for Colonic and Respiratory Diseases….

–Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow, p. 53

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