How can you guys include Pynchon on your lists but not Salinger and vice versa? They are, in fact, the same person. Pynchon is a real guy; various journalists have found him and talked to/interviewed him over the past few years, especially after "Mason&Dixon" was published. The whole Salinger/Pynchon thing was a myth created a few decades ago (there was also a time when people thought Vonnegut was Pynchon). The real Pynchon is just a regular guy living in NYC, enjoying being a brilliant writer without having to do any of the fawning or publicity that other writers have to do.