Pynchon on the three laws of thermodynamics

One of my favorite literary moments, from Thomas Pynchon’s short story “Entropy”:

Callisto had learned a mnemonic device for remembering the Laws of Thermodynamics: you can’t win, things are going to get worse before they get better, who says they’re going to get better.

The story is a fascinating literary representation of entropy; I highly recommend seeking out Pynchon’s anthology Slow Learner for the story. (And for the initiated into Pynchon’s corpus, it is much easier to ingest than his amazingly dense Gravity’s Rainbow.)


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