Art Winslow sparked a minor literary controversy with this recent review in Harper’s entitled The Fiction Atop the Fiction. He had the audacity to make the case that the famously reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon published a new novel under the pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson.
The title of the novel is Cow Country and with it, according to Mr. Winslow, we start with “an unknown author published by an unknown press with a huge chip on his shoulder about the state of our literary culture.” But as we read further, Mr. Winslow marshals his arguments and comes to the conclusion that the “sensibility” behind the unknown author Adrian Jones Pearson and the famous author of Gravity’s Rainbow are one and the same.
Check it out and see what you think! Is Mr. Winslow on to something, or has he missed the mark?
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.