Diana Gill of Morrow/Eos hosts a roundtable of John Crowley, Tim Powers, Jeff Ford and James Morrow, talking about secret histories. Since Pynchon’s on everyone’s lips this week, here’s a relevant snippet from John Crowley:
Maybe you could distinguish between books that are about secret histories (like The Crying of Lot 49) and secret histories themselves. What Pynchon got was that we’d rather be titillated by the possibility of the secret history than to hear it explicated. A wonderful new book out now explicates the many variants on Hollow Earth stories–from Ignatius Donnelly to Edgar Rice Burroughs and beyond. I’d say that the Hollow Earth story is about as perfect a paradigm of an actual secret history as Pynchon’s is the paradigm about one. Of course I attempted a combo or trifecta in the Aegypt series, about, embodying, and losing a secret history. (Note: I said attempted.)
Read the whole thing. And, apparently, there are more installments to come, which makes me very happy.