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White Noise by Don DeLillo
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Jul 19, 08

Read in July, 2008

Every so often you string together a series of stale intellectual months, your mind descending almost imperceptibly into fog as insights slip from sight before you ever quite see them and meanings merge with the things they're meant to make clear, and it may even begin to seem useless to bother with any cognition that concerns itself with more than the next paycheck, lay or meal – until you bumble into a book like White Noise and find yourself suddenly jarred back to something like clarity and even focus by the encounter with the page-preserved evidence of a mind that was, at least for the compositional duration, thinking harder, deeper, more muscularly, generally better about things than you've been for some time, and you are authentically ashamed of what you've let yourself become, remorseful and willing to change in the manner of a guilty boy chastened by a too-pertinent sermon.
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