Inherent Vice
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On Dec. 12, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s seedy 2009 detective novel Inherent Vice hits theaters. Penguin has revealed a tie-in cover for new copies of the book, featuring sleazy neon coloring, cop cars, and renderings of the actors involved in the project. The new edition of the “part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon” novel comes out Nov. 26.

Inherent Vice follows a pothead detective (Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. Anderson and Phoenix have worked together before, on 2012’s brilliant The Master. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood scored Anderson’s previous two films—The Master and 2007’s There Will Be Blood—and will again lend the director his sparse, foreboding melodies. Phoenix will star alongside a stacked cast that includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short.

Before Vice, 2013’s Bleeding Edge, and 2006’s Against the Day, the notoriously reclusive author had released only five novels since 1963. So, are we hitting peak Pynchonaissance? You heard it here first.

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