luka said:i don't want to be accused of intellectual bullying but i don't like de lillo. i read mao II first. i liked that.
so i read white noise. i think david toop mentions it in ocean of sound which would explain how matt came to read it. (is that a good guess matt?)
i didn't like that. it was the smart-arsery that put me off i think. it felt too contrived.
i didn't hate that nearly as much as underworld though which i think is a major acheivement of shitness.
overreaching himself. i don;t like the folksy pose/prose and i don't buy it either. straining for profundity and coming off like a smartarse is what i reckon.
plus no book can justify being that long, life is short and books should be too.
i think i'll get drunk by myself now. anyone want to come round and cook me dinner?
oh yeah, you reminded me, i read libra as well. i can't remember hardly anything about that book.
dont embaress me by dredging up my shameful past please.i read this whole thread today and found this 2004 comment from @luka. observe how considerate he is, how he explains his objections to DeLillo in a reasonable manner. nowhere does he dismiss out of hand or personally insult people who happen to enjoy DeL's writing. note his repeated use of "i think".
The reclusive writer's more Salinger than Pynchon, but Pynchon's probably in there too. He also blurbed the book,Mao II is good - I always wonder what Pynchon made of it.