In two weeks, Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, Bleeding Edge, hits bookstores in one of the season's most anticipated publishing releases. Set in the summer of 2001, the novel follows fraud investigator Maxine Tarnow as she takes an increasingly dangerous look into the shady dealings of Internet tycoon Gabriel Ice.
In anticipation of the book's release, Penguin Press has released a trailer that is as strange and intriguing as the book it purportedly promotes, with an actor traipsing around the same "Yupper" West Side where Pynchon lives and his latest fiction is set. In fact, Bleeding Edge isn't even mentioned until the actor on screen calls Maxine "a grade A MILF."
Penguin Press said that the video was produced by Riz Sauvage Productions. In a Pynchonian twist, no information about RSP was available online. This is not, however, the first Pynchon trailer; he narrated the trailer for 2009's Inherent Vice (see below).
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