As part of this Blog's educational mandate, I will be posting very, very brief explanations of authors I'm reading, the better for my (wholly imaginary) readers to make asses of themselves at parties.
Imagine an ordinary orgasm. There's a slow build of tension, leading to a sudden climax. Ok, ordinary narrative plot structure is like that ordinary orgasm. Now imagine the best climax you've ever had, only instead of being built to, you get it a fraction of a second at a time, randomly spaced over the course of four days of continuous intercourse. That's a Pynchon novel.