CHAPTER 2

Zoyd goes home. We meet his 14-year-old daughter Prairie. There's history/exposition on Zoyd's window stunt. We meet Prairie's boyfriend, punk rocker Isaiah Two Four. Isaiah proposes a "violence theme park." Zoyd sets up Isaiah's band, the Vomitones, with a gig at the (presumably) Mafia wedding of Ralph Wayvone Jr.'s family.

 

p. 14 "Zoy-oyd..."   Prairie is a wonderfully drawn 14-year-old teenager.

p. 14 Pia Zadora in The Clara Bow Story    The first of many fictitious movies. It's easy to tell, because Pynchon always provides a bracketed date [1980] when he references a real movie, but not a fictitious one.

p. 14 "the Tube"    Consistently capitalized throughout the book.

p. 14 "a chair-high bag of Chee-tos and a sixpack of grapefruit soda from the health-food store."   This combination of junk food and health food defines the North Coast redneck hippie perfectly. But Pynchon's insistent hammering on Zoyd's junk-food habit may go a little deeper -- like autobiography, maybe?

p. 15 "almost featured on 'Good Morning America'"   15 minutes of almost fame.

p. 15 "useful distinction between...defenestrative [and transfenestrative] personality"    Cool Pynchonian satire of California Psychobabble.

p. 16 "Love is strange"    Refers to Mickey and Sylvia's song of the same name. Clearly a Pynchonian favorite; he used it as the lead for his New York Times Book Review piece on Love In the Time of Cholera.

p. 17 "Joey Chitwood-type thrill show" Joey Chitwood, a legendary "Auto Daredevil," started touring with his death-defying troupe in the 1940s, and continued for decades.

p. 18 "the Uzi machine gun, 'badass of the desert.'"   Pynchon seems moderately hung up on rear ends in this book (and elsewhere). The phrase "badass" recurs constantly (as it did in Gravity's Rainbow too, where it achieved Naval Significance as the USS John E. Badass). In addition there's Trasero County (trasero = Spanish for "rump,") Las Nalgas (Spanish for "buttocks,") and Culito Canyon (culito = Spanish for "little ass.") There's also an echo of Da Conho, the cook in V, whose fantasy involved shooting Muslims in Israel with a .30 caliber machine gun that went "yibble, yibble, yibble." ("Da Conho's machine gun was the only one in the world that went "yibble, yibble," Pynchon pointed out.)