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?

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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?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Snookie is a muppet!

    Snookie Blyer is a game show host seen in Muppets Tonight sketches.

    Snookie is a muppet! The Jim Henson Company / Via muppet.wikia.com
  2. Who is Felix Böingueaux?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Felix is a character in Pynchon's latest!

    He's a startup entrepreneur from Canada.

    Felix is a character in Pynchon's latest!
  3. Who is Uncle Dizzy?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Otto is a character in Pynchon's latest.

    He's a made-up historical figure who believed any human life runs through a gamut of mental disorders. The protagonist's children go to a school named after him.

  4. Who is Winky Pinkerton?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Winky is a muppet!

    A penguin who does impressions of other birds, on The Muppet Show. He was also used in group penguin numbers, and was the first Muppet penguin.

    Winky is a muppet! The Jim Henson Company / Via muppet.wikia.com
  5. Who is Zoot?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Zoot is a muppet!

    He's a member of Electric Mayhem, man!

    Zoot is a muppet! The Jim Henson Company / Via muppet.wikia.com
  6. Who are Misha and Grisha?

    Thomas Pynchon characters
    Muppets
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Misha and Grisha are characters from Pynchon's latest!

    The rap-loving student sidekicks of Igor, a member of the Russian mafia.

  7. Who is Conkling Speedwell?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Conkling is a character from Pynchon's latest!

    "A freelance professional Nose, having been born with a sense of smell far more calibrated than the rest of us normals enjoy”.

  8. Who is Vyrva McElmo?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Vyrva is a character from Pynchon's latest!

    She's the wife of a dot-com millionaire who created the virtual world (kind of like Second Life) of the book, DeepArcher.

  9. Who is Mildred Huxtetter?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mildred is a muppet!

    An aristocratic purple woman who made her debut on The Muppets Valentine Show, and later appeared on The Muppet Show.

    Mildred is a muppet! The Jim Henson Company / Via muppet.wikia.com
  10. Who is Professor Lavoof?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Professor is a character in Pynchon's latest!

    He's only mentioned briefly.

  11. Who is Nicholas Windust?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    He's a character in Pynchon's latest.

    A mysterious and possibly evil government agent whose strings are being pulled by The Man.

  12. Who is Fleet Scribbler?

    Thomas Pynchon character
    Muppet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fleet is a muppet!

    Fleet is a gossip journalist who reports on the scandals of "The Muppet Show."

    Fleet is a muppet! The Jim Henson Company / Via muppet.wikia.com

Thomas Pynchon Character Or Muppet?