In the bootleg edition, Pynchon went even further. Meatball Mulligan restores order and momentum to his lease-breaking party, which had reached its third day and was running down. However, this popular sense that entropy and force are opposites, that entropy suggests something negative and passive, while force is positive or active, is technically not correct. As Pynchon notes in his Slow Learner introduction, the idea of entropy was first developed by the 19th century physicist Rudolf Clausius, who built on earlier ideas of the French engineer Sadi Carnot. Carnot and Clausius were both trying to understand how heat energy is transformed into useful work, such as when steam drives a piston in an engine. Clausius defined entropy as a measure of the capacity of heat energy to be usefully transformed into work.
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Entropy by Thomas Pynchon. Many concepts which play a key role throughout the bulk of Pynchon's fiction can be found here in various stages of infancy. For example, the notion of entropy itself is ree "Entropy" is extremely significant for students of Pynchon in that it provides us with an early peak into the development of the author's thought in terms of ideas which carry as themes in later works.
For example, the notion of entropy itself is reexamined and more deeply probed in both V. Another example: Saul's wife is "bugged by the idea of computers acting like people:" Pynchon years later probes the boundaries of 'acting like' and 'being' through the development of his theme concerning the Animate vs.
In fact, in V. Pynchon's discussion of Noise vs. Signal in terms of communication theory and information transfer strongly carries through to a number of his later works, most importantly The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow. Sandor Rojas' conditioned behavior when a woman walks into the room is set in motion by certain cues "like a contralto voice or a whiff of Arpege.
Music, too, utilized as the general metaphor throughout "Entropy," constantly asserts itself as a recurring motif all the way across the spectrum of Pynchon's work, as does the setting used here in "Entropy:" ridiculously intense parties lasting not hours but days if not weeks and months, as is the case with, among others, Mondaugen's story in V.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Entropy. Nov 01, Aiden Heavilin rated it liked it Shelves: experimental. The second time I read this I enjoyed it more, but it is, as Thomas Pynchon admits in his introduction to Slow Learner an amateurish effort reveling in its own cleverness.
Nevertheless, Thomas Pynchon reveling in his own cleverness is still worth reading, and there were some worthwhile passages here and there. The ultimate message of the story is that although entropy will take all in the end, we can do some things to restore order to our little pocket of the universe. We can fix the refrigerator The second time I read this I enjoyed it more, but it is, as Thomas Pynchon admits in his introduction to Slow Learner an amateurish effort reveling in its own cleverness.
We can fix the refrigerator, and rescue the drowning girl in the bathtub. However its foolishness to think we can isolate ourselves like Callisto and Aubade in our own personal climate controlled jungle, impervious to the outside world.
That theme is hammered bluntly into your mind in this story, everything is working on a fairly obvious line of symbolism, and nothing here can be enjoyed except on a metaphorical level. Right now I'm reading Pynchon's "Against the Day" which is shaping up to be perhaps the best book I've ever read, and its astounding how, even though he has matured so much over the years since he wrote this story, the seeds of what makes his writing so magical are still evident.
He's a truly unique author, committed to his own peculiar blend of pop culture and nerd culture along with plenty of science and drugs along the way. Reading Borges really ruins you for enjoying poor short stories though. This wasn't exactly poor so much as underachieving. It's a cute idea, and competently executed, but it puts theme over character and forgets about plot entirely.
Its worth reading for the humor and the well-written ending. Apr 30, Cristina rated it liked it. Jun 27, Ashley rated it it was amazing.
A destructive, aphrodisiacal short story. I fell in love with Pynchon right here, as the glass shards rained down, speeding toward collapse. I've shelved V, and kept Gravity's Rainbow in mind. May 29, Calixta Grigoriou rated it liked it. I had to read this for Uni and I have to say that I am a bit confused. The writing style is very metaphorical - in fact everything in this book is metaphorical - and you really need to think about everything in order to follow the story.
Meatball's choice between a and b was very thoughtful compared to Callisto , you can try to fix some small things, it I had to read this for Uni and I have to say that I am a bit confused. Meatball's choice between a and b was very thoughtful compared to Callisto , you can try to fix some small things, it will be better in the long run, than to isolate yourself and wait, even though entropy will come at some point and destroy everything.
Interesting metaphore of the bird as well. I hope that after studying it in class, I will get to understand more of it because now I am affraid that there are too many things that I missed. Maybe also a reflection on the names of the characters : meatball what kind of name is that??
In any case, this was a very interesting read and I think the themes evoqued in this shortstory are still quite relevant today Nov 13, Eric Gilliland rated it really liked it. A couple on the top floor ponders existence and how the universe will end. On the bottom floor a chaotic lease breaking party that's part Marx Brothers and part Animal House.
There's talk of jazz, modernism, Pavlov, information theory, thermodynamics, cosmology, meteorology, botany, relationships, AI, life in 50s DC, and on how to restore order to your nervous system.
Jul 17, Chibyke shade rated it liked it. A very confusing and strange read. I struggled to keep up with the narrative, but it went over my head several times actually, I had no idea what was going on with the bird and the science talk upstairs. Jul 17, Nick Jacob rated it really liked it. I think it's worth reading this story as it showcases early Pynchon style and narrative approach.
Get a bit of Pynchon without having to wade through the seriously difficult stuff. Great subject for a story anyway Heat transfer to keep the bird alive, in metaphor I suppose.
To avoid chaos and entropy. Feb 24, Runa rated it really liked it. Very little of this works on anything but a symbolical level - and that gets tedious even in a page short story. Jun 14, Maria rated it did not like it Shelves: college-reads.
View all 3 comments. Mar 29, Kristine Lenda rated it it was ok Shelves: university. It got pretty metaphorical and 'clever' in ways that just did not help the it at all. I ended up confused, in stead of impressed. Nov 04, P. It was beautiful and terrible dense A taster of the horror that is Crying of Lot What a glorious headache that was! Feb 23, Roger added it Shelves: pynchon. A strange little rare edition of a story of Pynchon's, first published in The Kenyon Review, 22, 2 Oddly illustrated, with cryptic remarks.
Dec 17, Kim Grossett rated it did not like it. Megan rated it it was ok Apr 10, Sam Nicholson rated it it was amazing Jun 22, Mara Winchester rated it it was ok Jul 31, Razielivaldi rated it did not like it Feb 13,
"ENTROPY" by Thomas Pynchon
Boris has just given me a summary of his views. He is weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be more calamities, more death, more despair.
Read “Entropy,” a short story by Thomas Pynchon