Thomas Pynchon

Pynchon wrote all night, slept all day, and kept mostly to himself. When he didnā€™t write, he readā€”mainly Latin American writers like Jorge Luis Borges, a big influence on his second novel, The Crying of Lot 49. His odd writing habits persisted throughout his life; later, when he was in the throes of a chapter, heā€™d live off junk food (and sometimes pot). Heā€™d cover the windows with black sheets, never answer the door, and avoid anything that smelled of obligation.

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