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03/29/2012

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Joon Pahk

back in college i used to have a "25-year rule" for reading books (for leisure): if it wasn't at least 25 years old, i wouldn't touch it. i don't know why i broke the rule for white noise (which now passes the test, actually) but i am glad i did, because that book was both wickedly funny and thought-provokingly serious. but i never did manage to get into another delillo. so i guess i'm not a completist either. but you've piqued my curiosity. i'd love to know what you think if/when you finish the book.

Don DeLillo

Note - these are more or less the remarks I made at the American Literature Association conference in Boston in May, 2013 with the exception of some improvisation I injected concerning Bosley Crowther, Manny Farber, and Sam Peckinpah and what I believe their works can contribute to understanding DeLillo.
http://postmoderndeconstructionmadhouse.blogspot.com/2013/09/remarks-on-don-delillo-at-ala.html#.UyN3Gz9dXxA

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Fortnightly Firmament #14: Writers Facing Death

  • 1. Jonathan Swift on the death of Mrs. Johnson
  • 2. Stieg Larsson at 22
  • 3. Thomas Bernhard's anti-Austrian will
  • 4. Beth Alcott's mist floats away
  • 5. David Rakoff's last dance
  • 6. Irene Nemirovsky's raft in an ocean of leaves
  • 7. Michel de Montaigne's other half
  • 8. Sigmund Freud's last reading
  • 9. Christopher Hitchens's hospital library
  • 10. Margaret Wise Brown's final kick
  • 11. Heinrich von Kleist's joyous pact
  • 12. William James's goodbye to his father