Inevitable, isn't it? Though our mission here is to present Against the Day to those who are unfamiliar, indeed wary, of the woiks of T.R. Pynchon (Cornell '59), commentators have already slipped into the slopstream of casting ahead in the work in question (spoilers are verboten here), as well as adding considerations of the other novels.
Like I said, Inevitable. So rather than be a constant scold, I propose a section for Pynchon Pickers Only, called, Ha-ha!, The House of Seven Babblers (a very dumb lit. ref. which Pynchon pimps will tumble to in a trice) for all matters pertaining to the collected works which, let me emphasize, Have No Application In Our Reading Of Against the Day. (And NB, even there, ATD spoilers will be ruled very harshly indeed.)
Certainly it is helpful to point out favored themes of Mr. P's as we encounter them in the new novel, but let's leave it at that in general comments and save all hermetic discussions (which newbies are here warned away from) for The House.
As I am up for the next section, I'll post an entry for The House immediately before I send the main rundown, so as it will sit beneath it and not otherwise trouble the innocent or unwary.