Hardship makes the world obscure.
Don DeLillo’s seventh book was his first big hit, but you’d never know it from looking at the work’s cover or title page. That’s because he wrote Amazons: An Intimate Memoir by the First Woman Ever to Play in the National Hockey League under the pseudonym, Cleo Birdwell. (Bonus: DeLillo’s 2009 story, “Midnight in Dostoevsky” […]
In 2010, after the acclaimed Bronx-born novelist Don DeLillo won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, Philip Roth extolled the “combination of terror and comedy and sheer song” in DeLillo’s prose. DeLillo, who...Show More Summary
Yesterday, these guys came together to call on the world to limit spying; today, the globe's leading writers are taking up the mantle. Some 562 authors, from Margaret Atwood to Don DeLillo to Ian McEwan, are following tech firms' anti-surveillance push with one of their own: They're calling on the...
“This is what history consists of. It’s the sum total of all the things they aren’t telling us.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra) Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures #12. Main story by Brian Clevinger (writer), Erica Henderson (colorist), M. D. Penman (artist), Jeff Powell (letterer); “The Getaway” by Brian Clevinger (writer), Jeff Dellagatta (artist), Jeff Powell [...]
"If we're bad citizens, we're doing our job."
“All plots tend to move deathward. This is the nature of plots.” ~ Don DeLillo To try and describe the effect of Simone Schmidt’s voice is to commit yourself to an ill-fated plot. Though she uses prose, guitars, voice–all the usual weaponry of the music we talk about here–she succumbs to none of their standards. [...]
Revisiting the prologue to Don DeLillo's American epic following the death this week of Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Andy Pafko, who was in left for the "Shot Heard Round the World."
The 13th annual National Book Festival got off to a great start this morning with presentations from two giants of North American fiction: Don DeLillo and Margaret Atwood. Remarkably, the novelists had never met until today, but they instantly proclaimed their admiration for each other’s work. DeLillo noted that he had lived for a time […]
Don DeLillo, named the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, spoke about his early love affair with books at a gala Friday night before the National Book Festival. The award, announced in April, recognizes DeLillo … Continue reading ?
by Matt Sitman In a brilliant, depressing examination of lists and listicles, Mark O’Connell finds their deeper meaning: In an interview with The Paris Review twenty years ago, Don DeLillo mentioned that “lists are a form of cultural hysteria.” From the vantage point of today, you wonder how much anyone—even someone as routinely prescient as […]
Everybody loves going to the New York Public Library’s “Live from the NYPL” events. There’s something inherently attractive about watching Jonathan Franzen don a head-mic and awkwardly question Don DeLillo about his writing habits. But let’s face it: you’re not going to make it to every event this season. Show More Summary
With college football season officially upon us, I’d like to take some time to recommend some books and articles on the subject of my favorite game. For starters, check out Nick Ripatrazone’s Millions piece about Don DeLillo, sports scandals, and growing up with the game. Show More Summary
In Libra, his 1988 virtuosic novel about Lee Harvey Oswald, Don DeLillo referred to the assignation of John F. Kennedy as the “seven seconds that broke the back of the American century,” a discordant, disorienting moment of horror and existentialist dread in which a powerless man could come seemingly from nowhere and kill the most [...]
At the prestigious Ransom Center, between the works of Don Delillo and Ezra Pound, you'll soon be able to find "Conan the Barbarian" by pulp author Robert E. Howard.
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The machine of college football, of American athletics as a whole, would not exist without people like me: people who complain about the world of sports, but who still play. People like me, who forgive the sins, who forget the scandals,...Show More Summary
"The Future belongs to crowds," said Don DeLillo. Aaron Gilbreath is embarking on a project to document that future in a new book, "Crowded."
Computers will die, predicts a character in Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel “Cosmopolis”, because they are “melting into the texture of everyday life.” Even the word computer, she concludes, “sounds backward and dumb”. A decade later, as the...Show More Summary
Last week, someone with the dark imagination of Don DeLillo and the satirical genius of Gary Shteyngart, acting in the name of the Syrian Electronic Army, figured out exactly how to exploit the sad feverishness of this moment in American history and make us look foolish. Show More Summary