Don't hear him mentioned here very often, but what do you guys thinks of Don Delillo? i think he's fantastic, but his work is very divisive
I think he's a great writer who has unfortunately never produced a great work.
Underworld and Libra are really good in parts though. His portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald is fantastic, makes me wish Libra weren't a conspiracy book but a straight character study, because he gets the whole 'Travis Bickle' type down perfectly.
Read White Noise recently, didn't like it much (save for the Pynchonesque paradoxical disaster training stuff; that was p. funny). Really melodramatic and overwrought, I thought, plus extremely shallow characters.
the names is great but its parts didn't cohere for me.
one minute it's some borgesian mystic detective mystery, then it's a really badly toned relationship drama, and then it's like hanging around the peripheries of an airport thriller.
on a different note, it will be interesting to see how the film adaptation plays out.
I don't know why his shorter works (the Body Artist, Point Omega) don't get any attention, I think they are some of DeLillo's best works.
>I wanted a Haiku war
>I wanted a war in three lines
They way Elster sees war is incredibly interesting. Also the whole space and time stretching thing with the 24 hour American Psycho thing and the house in the desert is masterfully done, similarly the opening scene of the Body Artist which is probably one of the slowest scenes I've ever read and with it captures the idea of love and intimacy in a very unique way.