As The New York Times reports, acclaimed author and infamous recluse Thomas Pynchon’s next novel, due out on Sept. 17, concerns the technology scene in Manhattan known as Silicon Alley. The novel, titled Bleeding Edge, is set in “the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11,” according to its publisher, the Penguin Press.
The 75-year-old novelist’s most recent work was 2009’s Inherent Vice, a book about a stoner private eye in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His most famous works is include 1966’s The Crying of Lot 49 and 1973’s Gravity’s Rainbow, which won the National Book Award.
Pynchon is nearly as famous for his reclusive behavior and avoidance of media attention as he is for his literary talent. His publisher hired a comedian to accept the 1974 National Book Award upon his behalf, and during Pynchon’s two appearances on The Simpsons he has been depicted as wearing a bag on his head.