Don DeLillo

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Whoever said postmodernism in literature was just sticking lists in books could point to this as a prime example, reads like Don was up to his neck in what Ballard termed "invisible literatures,". One character's rattling off terms related to nuclear war, another's doing the same for finance, and I'm sure there's more to come.

Years ago I read David Foster Wallace saying the people accusing him of being too heavily influenced by Pynchon were missing that it was really DeLillo he was borrowing from. At the time, I thought he was just saying that because he had such a complex about the former, but reading this it's blatantly obvious where the tennis academy in Infinite Jest came from.
 

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Some of this article's pretty good when the author's actually discussing DeLillo and not doing that irritating thing of trying to weave autobiography into their criticism, but the opening line's hilarious...

An image. I am nineteen and finishing Don DeLillo’s 1997 novel Underworld on Alden Library’s main floor and can barely see the last paragraphs through tears.

 
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