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Pynchon's Son a Big Man on Campus

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GRAVITY HITS Jackson (far right) and pals

Author Thomas Pynchon is one of the most determinedly private people on the planet. His son? Not so much.

Fifteen-year-old Jackson Pynchon enjoys yoga, acid jazz, and the films of Spike Lee. All this information, and more, is available in his profile on the social networking site Facebook.com. It requires permission to view, but that’s not difficult to obtain; unlike his father, the famously reclusive author of mega-cult classics Gravity’s Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49, and V., Pynchon fils apparently welcomes interaction with the public. He has 635 friends in his network, including 182 at his New York City prep school, Collegiate.

Should young Jackson ever feel the need to commiserate about the pressures of having famous parents, he can turn to his Facebook buddies Sam Brill (son of media mogul Steve Brill, Collegiate ’06), Emily McEnroe (daughter of tennis great John McEnroe, Trevor Day School ’09), or Daniel and Izzy Rattner (sons of real estate tycoon Steven Rattner, Collegiate ’09 and ’10, respectively).
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