Mapping Inherent Vice


At one point in his investigations, Doc Sportello encounters an early version of the Internet called the ARPAnet. The ARPAnet was a real network developed in the late sixties. Click the link above to learn more about the ARPAnet on Wikipedia; further reading/viewing below:

• “ARPAnet Took His Soul,” an article about Pynchon in cyberspace

• Abstract to “The ARPAnet Trip: The Network from Gravity’s Rainbow to Inherent Vice,” a paper by Petrus van Ewijk

• Video about the history of the Internet, covering ARPAnet:


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