A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

Best acceptance speech ever.

Obviously the only sane thing to do is give Pynchon the award in ’09 for Inherent Vice and see if he comes out to play.

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I remember hearing about this the next morning on the radio. In my neighborhood, at least, Professor Irwin Corey was a lot better known than Thomas Pynchon and at least as famous as Corbett Monica, London Lee, Pat Cooper or even Myron Cohen.
He was on TV, it seemed, every few weeks on a talk or variety show: Joe Franklin, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin, etc. I always thought he was very funny and I saw him perform a few years ago and think he is still very funny.
Apparently he’s still OK and will be 97 next month. Both his work and Pynchon’s hold up very well. I taught “The Crying of Lot 49” — which I first read as a h.s. student when it came out — last summer at Fordham and played the audio of Corey’s acceptance speech. Both the speech and Pynchon’s work are classics.


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