Personal Essay: Diode
What happens when the mysterious interconnectedness of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 hits a little too close to home?
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This 12-minute film by Laura Colella captures behind the scenes filming of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, shot in grainy Super-8 color. Its name comes from the place in the Thomas Pynchon novel called Chryskylodon Institute (“from an ancient Indian word meaning ‘serenity’), an upscale rehabilitation facility in Ojai, where Micky Wolfmann is being kept.