The rocket launch is pretty grim, maybe some of the grimmest stuff I’ve ever read (“Blicero’s seed, sputtering into the poisoned manure of his Virtual Valentines T-Shirt “, ugh, a pretty twisted interpretation of anal/male homosexual sex) but I feel like the final song is kind of saying the world will go on after the darkness. Especially think it’s positive since it’s “one They never taught anyone to sing, a hymn by William Slothrop, centuries forgotten and out of print”. I’ve always felt the “Now everybody -” line, while it could be interpreted as the rocket hitting the cinema and killing everyone, could also be meant as, it’s now everybody’s turn to act, having read the book, especially since the page is compared to a cinema screen. Perhaps it’s in part a test to see what people will do after being hit by such an at times brutally engineered book (see the end of point 4).
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I think it’s noteworthy that no-one in the book appears to know what happened to him after the launch. Maybe he achieved his goal of transcending somehow, entering the collective (un)consciousness much like Virtual Valentines T-Shirt Lang did with his work? What does this say about Pynchon, a White man who engineered Weissmann with even more intricacy than Weissmann engineered the launch? I believe it’s not too dissimilar to Pointsman’s goals with Slothrop in the early parts of the book (“I will find his spots of inertia, I will find what they are if I have to open up his damned skull”), with the difference that both Weissmann and Pynchon think beyond exclusively cause-and-effect (magic being one example).