Thomas Pynchon. ENTROPY. B3oris has just given me a sumnmary of his views. He is a weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be. Pynchon inscribed a couple copies of his short story “Entropy” to UNIX pioneer Greg Chesson, using Isaac Newton’s Second Law equation. Entropy. [, , ] by. Thomas Pynchon. Boris has just given me a summary of his views. He is weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he.

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Thomas Pynchon, Newton’s Second Law and Entropy

Although Callisto and Aubade live in a more transcendent state of being than Meatball and the others, they are equally subject to the laws of physics. Retrieved from ” https: It was not, however, until Gibbs and Boltzmann brought to this principle the methods of statistical mechanics that the horrible significance of it all dawned on him: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Razielivaldi rated it did not like it Feb 13, 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.

A weekend-long lease-breaking party devolves into disarray as Meatball Mulligan entertains a revolving door of cronies, servicemen, and jazz musicians while, in a hothouse room, Callisto and his lover Aubade ponder the everpresent condition of enclosed systems creating disorder while trying to nurse a baby bird back to health.


The goal of these physicists as they developed statistical mechanics was to explain the macroscopic phenomena of the world in terms of the microscopic jostling of atoms. Buttercup rated it liked it Oct 12, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

“ENTROPY” by Thomas Pynchon

View all 3 comments. Very little of this works on anything but a symbolical level – and that gets tedious even in a page short story.

Your email address will not be published. Anna rated it liked it Apr 02, The timeline gets flipped here and, after the Junta had successfully completed a few of their practical jokes, talk about Carl Barrington’s pyhchon moving into the neighborhood had taken over the parents.

Thomas Pynchon, Newton’s Second Law and Entropy

What he’s going to do instead is sit at home and drink wine with the neighborhood garbage man, Rocco Squarcione. A strange little rare edition of a story of Pynchon’s, first published in The Kenyon Review, 22, 2 They would haunt Etropy delicatessens for weeks at a stretch and invite you over for bulghour and lamb in tiny kitchens whose walls were covered with bullfight posters.

Feb 23, Roger added it Shelves: Meatball’s ebtropy between a and b was very thoughtful compared pjnchon Callistoyou 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.


During the trip, Bongo-Shaftsbury attempts to attack Victoria’s younger sister Mildred, but Porpentine stops him. What are your thoughts? Clausius would say that this happens because heat irreversibly flows from a hot object a cooler one.

Thomas Pynchon’s Entropy

As the musicians discuss music theory, the girls and sailors chant drunken songs together, and childish chicanery break out all over, Meatball debates whether to hide in a closet until the party subsides its second wind or try to calm everyone down, one by one. The meeting adjourns and the five of them depart, through a lush section of entropt they dub King Yjro’s Woods, then down a stream aboard a refurbished flat-bottomed boat they christened the S.

A destructive, aphrodisiacal short story.

The police are called in to escort Mr. 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Great subject for a story anyway Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Then he sees her. Nov 01, Aiden Heavilin rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 24, Runa rated it really liked it.