Much like Pynchon's acclaimed 1974 novel, Smith's extraordinary visual tribute can seem both too big and too good to be true. The 750 or so hallucinatory drawings that make up the work were originally displayed at the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York, where they were arranged in a grid to create a massive wall installation. In a phone interview, Smith, a Brooklyn-based visual artist who also performs in the occasional porn film, says he worked on the drawings for nine months. In a tone somewhere between irony and sincerity, Smith described his motivation for creating the work: "Sometimes people forget that when you're a professional artist, you have a lot of time on your hands. You come up with projects like this."