Thomas Pynchon: What might he look like now?

pynchon_morphAbout three years ago, EW commissioned New York forensic artist Stephen Mancusi — a guy who’s done deliberately aged likenesses of everyone from JonBenet Ramsey to Marilyn Monroe — to use his professional techniques to render what reclusive author Thomas Pynchon might look like now. His drawing was based on Pynchon’s 1955 high school yearbook photo, one of the last known snapshots of the Gravity’s Rainbow scribe, and accompanied Ken Tucker’s grade-A review of the then 69-year-old writer’s novel Against the Day. Pynchon’s new novel, an L.A.-set mystery titled Inherent Vice, is due in stores this month (EW’s Sean Howe gives it an A). So we thought we’d resurrect Mr. Mancusi’s work. Yes, the artist’s Pynchon looks a little like John Ratzenberger from Cheers. Maybe that‘s the reason he doesn’t put an author photo on the dust jackets of his books.

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  • Ben

    Maybe add an eyepatch and a hook on one hand…

  • T. Pynchon

    Looks nothing like me…

    • Al

      I almost believe Thomas Pynchon would log in and write on an EW blog.

  • gerald miller

    Who cares what he looks like and why should we? The real question is how this remarkable author has managed to escape the public view for so long.
    Very unlike the typical personality
    of the modern world.

  • sonny

    not bad, but longer hair and full beard, trimmed or goatee.s

  • Mokai

    Dad? Is that you?

  • John Nostrand

    I agree with Tom it looks nothing like him.

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