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Thomas Pynchon in Southern California in 1965

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Previously unpublished photo from UCLA Extension via the LAT

Here's writer Thomas Pynchon's hand, his friend Phyllis Gebauer, and his pig piñata Claude, somewhere in Southern California in 1965. Gebauer's just donated a set of signed first editions of Pynchon's books to the UCLA Extension Writers Program, the LA Times reports, and while the very private Pynchon did not show at the books' debut, he sent Gebauer a message to read: "I was planning to skydive into the middle of these proceedings...Good work and good vibes to everybody there." It's believed that Pynchon lived in Manhattan Beach in the sixties and seventies, but all Gebauer would say is that he used to use the UCLA library.
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