It's a warm evening
Sept. 8th (according to the invitation Maxine received last chapter)
Matrix-era Ray Bans
Reference breaks the usual pattern of giving the film's release date. This happens occasionally throughout the novel. Anyone have a grasp on the logic behind sometimes giving release dates and sometimes not? Also, "era" is a bit of an odd word choice considering "The Matrix" was released in 1999, just a few years before the setting of BE.
According to this page the glasses for the film were made by Blinde Design and they did not produce them for commercial release until a few years after the first Matrix film came out. This site says Ray-Ban makes similar glasses, though not when they started producing them.
pre-crash fantasy years
This line (and this whole paragraph in general) may be about Y2K and the financial crash, but it's really about 9/11. No?
Blink-182, Echo and the Bunnymen, Barenaked Ladies, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Strange list, of course, but Echo seems a little out of place since they pre-date the other bands by at least a decade and their "hits" were in the 1980s. Great band name, by the way, Echo and the Bunnymen.
I think he's in some creepy retro-pissing contest with Josh Harris. Remember that millennium-eve party at pseudo? Went on for months?
I was hoping this would be referenced in BE. This is depicted wonderfully in Ondi Timoner's Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "We Live In Public." Here is a trailer. Here is the official website.
Another Paradise Garage reference, to go along with those in chapters 14, 15, and 23. This last one goes into much greater detail as to what dancing at the Garage meant to Maxine.
THE EH? TEAM
A play on the title of a popular 80s TV show The A Team
about as fat as Ally McBeal
Calista Flockhart played the title character on the TV show Ally McBeal (1997-2002). She was very skinny.
WIKI tells us this is originally a French Canadian food item made of french fries, brown gravy and cheese curd, now found all over Canada and some places in the northern United States.
Seems worth noting a passage in the novel where Pynchon talks about things we find on the cover of BE. See a discussion on the cover.