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96 pages, Kindle Edition
First published October 9, 2001
People are climbing lampposts on Amsterdam Avenue, tooting car horns in Little Italy. Isn't it possible that this midcentury moment enters the skin more lastingly than the vast shaping strategies of eminent leaders, generals in their steely sunglasses--the mapped visions that pierce our dreams?Pafko At The Wall serves as a kind of outtake from from a larger DeLillo novel, Underworld, but more than that, it stands as a time-defining moment in America, lesser in national importance than the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, or the attack on the Twin Towers & the Pentagon but still a consequential frame of reference for those alive when it happened.
This is a thing that will pulse in the brain come old age, double vision & dizzy spells--that surge sensation, the leap of a people already standing, that bolt of noise & joy when the ball went in, a thing to keep us safe in some undetermined way.