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Thomas Pynchon Character Or Muppet?

Thomas Pynchon’s latest, Bleeding Edge, is full of his famously quirky character names. Can you tell the difference between his brilliant literary mind and the imaginative monikers of Jim Henson’s muppets? posted on

Pynchon’s latest, Bleeding Edge is one part wacky detective story and one part lunatic conspiracy theory. It’s cheesy and downright twee at times, while building a convincing paranoia regarding the government, the internet, and our privacy (or lack thereof). And since it’s Pynchon, the character names are ludicrous and sprinkled throughout the tome like candy. Take this quiz to see if you can discern the difference between the brain of one Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. and one James Maury “Jim” Henson.

  1. Who is Snookie Blyer?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  2. Who is Felix Böingueaux?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  3. Who is Uncle Dizzy?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  4. Who is Winky Pinkerton?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  5. Who is Zoot?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  6. Who are Misha and Grisha?
    1. Thomas Pynchon characters
    2. Muppets
  7. Who is Conkling Speedwell?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  8. Who is Vyrva McElmo?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  9. Who is Mildred Huxtetter?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  10. Who is Professor Lavoof?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  11. Who is Nicholas Windust?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet
  12. Who is Fleet Scribbler?
    1. Thomas Pynchon character
    2. Muppet

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