Tonights topic: Mr. Pynchon Goes to Iowa: Thomas Pynchon's Search for Community. Novelist Thomas Pynchon initially avoided the Midwest as a setting and criticized the region as a cultural wasteland. But later, aversion gave way to recognition. Michael Harris, professor of English, examines Pynchon's portrayal of the Midwest - and Iowa - as a metaphor for a now unavailable imagined community. From 7-8pm in the Boat/Moore rooms in Maytag Center at Central College. Free and open to the public.