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Americana by Don DeLillo
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I love Delillo. His novels are just brain candy to me. White Noise seriously made me feel a little bit more comfortable with the reality of my own mortality.

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04/19/2009 page 129
04/25/2009 page 250
65.1% ""Bergman is a prime example of the filmmaker as mortician. His films suffer from rigor mortis.""
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message 4: by Jimmy (last edited Apr 25, 2009 03:57PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jimmy I remember hearing about Bergman's (and Antonioni's) death on a train ride, coming back from a family vacation in Carmel, CA. My mother called to tell me because she remembered my fondness for Bergman. It was moments before the train actually hit a lettuce truck that was trying to gun it over the tracks on a rural road in Sacramento. There was this explosion of water and iceberg lettuce that sort of rained against the windows of the leisure car. At first sight the image struck me as one of the strangest and most memorable ones that I'd ever seen. I remember wondering what was going through Bergman's head on his deathbed. This was the man that chronicled twentieth century man's obsession with death, as Delillo clearly does. I wonder what Delillo will think about it, that is, if it is terminal and he has enough time to, as opposed to the majority of his life that he has spent thinking about it. His novels tend to fall short of perfection in many ways, but there is something so comforting about reading the guy.

I'm not sure why I'm saying all of this.

message 3: by Sam (new)

Sam That sounds really surreal.

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Buck Beautiful anecdote. But, um, if it's not impertinent, what about the truck driver? I kind of need closure on that.

Jimmy Oh, well the train sort of hit the back half of the truck. Turned out that the driver was fine. It's funny because at the time it didn't even occur to me to think about his possible death. Sometimes when you find yourself thinking about someone else thinking about death, you fail to realize that it's in your immediate vicinity. Or not.

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