LITERARY YEARNINGS: ROCK STARS AND THE AUTHORS WHO LOVE THEM

Indie rock may be hot, but who expected it to attract the most reclusive--and eccentric--of the literary breed? After nearly four decades in hiding, novelist THOMAS PYNCHON has come out as a fan of the band LOTION. The author of Gravity's Rainbow wrote liner notes for the group's latest album, Nobody's Cool, and furthermore, brings them not-to-be-scoffed-at publicity via his interview with the band in the June issue of Esquire. Pynchon first befriended Lotion like any other groupie--by religiously attending the band's shows. (He's had other musical interests: he wrote the liners for Spiked!, the 1994 re-issue of the hits of...

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