Things to do in line while you wait to buy Thomas Pynchon's new novel, Inherent Vice, while Skylight books stays open late:

1. See how many words you can make from the letters in “Pierce Inverarity.”

2. Form teams with your fellow liter-crazies and reveal which Pynchon character you most resemble.

3. Share your tattered copy of Zak Smith's Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow.

4.Tell stories about how better his prose is when you're stoned.

5. Get stoned.

6. Re-read Gravity's Rainbow .

Mon., Aug. 3, 2009

LA Weekly