A Paranoid Companion to Thomas Pynchon
Proverbs for Paranoids
Thomas Pynchon's Proverbs for Paranoids appear in Gravity's Rainbow. Page numbers from the 1973 paperback edition appear in parentheses:
- “You may never get to touch the Master, but you can tickle his creatures.”(237)
- “The innocence of the creatures is in inverse proportion to the immorality of the Master.” (241)
- “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” (251)
- “You hide, they seek.” (262)
- “Paranoids are not paranoids because they’re paranoid, but because they keep putting themselves, fucking idiots, deliberately into paranoid situations.”(292)
New Proverbs for Paranoids
I have found or invented some additional Proverbs for Paranoids to guide our thinking:
- "Entropy is just unavailable information.” (John Wheeler, A Journey into Gravity and Spacetime,(New York: John Wily & Son, Inc., 2000), 221.
- The depth of the conspiracy is measured by the breadth of the disinformation.
- Once you have the proper hermeneutic, the interpretation is simple.
- Hitler got out of hand. Fascism works best when corporations dictate the wars to be fought.
- Beware of Reichstag Fires and Lone Gunmen.
- “Time and the Ocean and some Guiding Star and High Cabal have made us what we are.” (Winston Churchill)
- “If everyone is our enemy, then we are not paranoid.” (Henry Kissinger)
- "I'm sorry to tell you this, but there will always be more wars." (John McCain)
"Connect the dots? What dots?" (attributed to Benny Profane)