in je ogen waait de wind
I recently read a decent piece on DeLillo's Cosmopolis and the seeming impossibility of resistance to capitalism - https://web.archive.org/web/20160809052249/https://thepointmag.com/2014/criticism/foes-god
In a 2005 interview with the French magazine Panic, DeLillo outlined part of the problem:
'You know, in America and in Western Europe we live in very wealthy democracies, we can do virtually anything we want, I’m able to write whatever I want to write. But I can’t be part of this culture of simulation, in the sense of the culture’s absorbing of everything. In doing that it neutralizes anything dangerous, anything that might threaten the consumer society. In Cosmopolis [a character] says, “What a culture does is absorb and neutralize its adversaries.” If you’re a writer who, one way or another, comes to be seen as dangerous, you’ll wake up one morning and discover your face on a coffee mug or a t-shirt and you’ll have been neutralized.'
i had that feeling when i saw that mark fisher feature in the financial times