Drugs, paranoia, bananas and 'Vice'

December 22, 2014 4:11 PM

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Thomas Pynchon is America's best-known baffling, sometimes-infuriating, writer: His 1973 postmodern opus, "Gravity's Rainbow," both won the National Book Award and caused the Pulitzer Committee to cancel that year's fiction prize after it found the book "unreadable" and "obscene."

"Inherent Vice" is Pynchon's most accessible work, and while "accessible" may be an anathema to his most devout readers, it's exactly why it's the first of his seven novels to make it to the screen.

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