The Crying of Lot 49

References in popular culture

  • The Yoyodyne company, which first appears in V., is also referenced in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and is a manufacturer of starship drives in the Star Trek universe. Angel, the spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, includes a firm named Yoyodyne, although this may be an indirect allusion via the Buckaroo Banzai film. ABC television created a website for a fictional company named PB-Sales, in connection with its TV show Lost; PB-Sales specializes in managing and controlling other corporations, including Yoyodyne and Daystrom Data Concepts (a nod to the Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer").[9]
  • Both Radiohead and Yo La Tengo have included Pynchonesque motifs in their works, some of them hinging upon The Crying of Lot 49.[10] Yo La Tengo named a song "The Crying of Lot G" on their album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Radiohead alludes to the novel in the name of their online merchandise shop and mailing list, W.A.S.T.E. (which originally sent out physical mail, making the reference more apt).
  • In the William Gibson novel Count Zero (1986), the multinational corporation Maas Neotek is named in honor of Oedipa Maas.[11]
  • The sample configuration file for GNU's Wget uses as a placeholder for the proxy setting.[12]
  • The Phone Company (, established by Carl Malamud and Marshall Rose in 1991, used the post horn of the Trystero guild as its logo.[13]
  • A Google smartphone app for the third annual Treefort Music Fest (a QR Code scanner in the guise of a nominal secret decoder ring) prominently features the Trystero muted horn.[14]
  • In the animated sitcom The Simpsons, the guest character in "Diggs" (season 25, episode 542) has a broken arm and evidently Oedipa Maas visited him and signed his cast.
  • The title and lyrics of indie pop band Faded Paper Figures's song "San Narciso" refer to the fictional setting of the novel.[15]

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