New Additions to the DeLillo Page - 2002
This page notes all the new additions to the
page that were done in 2002.
Added a link to the
first review of Cosmopolis.
(thanks to Peter Wild)
Also updated the Danish page to add
the translator and publisher.
(Dec 19, 2002)
Added news of a past DeLillo Event - attending a celebration for Sam
Beckett on Dec. 9, 2002.
Also, I note this little tidbit from the litcrit scene (as taken
from a story entitled "Hysterical
Realism" by Daniel Zalewski in the NY Times on Dec 15,
James Wood, the very smart and very grouchy literary critic
for The New Republic, has become increasingly exasperated with
those enormous, encyclopedic novels like ''The Corrections''
that contemporary writers keep churning out. These show-offy
books -- all longer than ''Ulysses'' and teeming with zany-yet-brilliant
characters whose improbably interlocked stories are punctuated
by smarty-pants digressions on arcane topics like earthquake
detection, Quebecois exceptionalism and the semiotics of hot-dog
stands -- are, Wood says, ''perpetual motion machines'' that
are ''ashamed of silence'' and pursue ''vitality at all costs.''
He has even coined a damning phrase for the genre: ''hysterical
Wood blames the hysterical-realism scourge on Don DeLillo,
even though he (grudgingly) admits that DeLillo's sweeping ''Underworld''
is a work of ''epic social power.'' In Wood's view, ''the DeLilloan
idea of the novelist as a kind of Frankfurt School entertainer
-- a cultural theorist, fighting the culture with dialectical
devilry -- has been woefully influential and will take some time
(Dec 17, 2002)
Added a new page featuring the Danish editions of DeLillo's novels,
with pictures. Thanks to Jakob Schelander!
(Dec 6, 2002)
I'm pleased to report that a long expired link
has been revived! Jason Camlot's 1993 work on Frank Lentricchia's
"Introduction" of Don DeLillo is now up on this site.
Also, I've gotten the following information on some additional
DeLillo appearances (thanks to Andy Roe!) coinciding with the
publication of Cosmopolis
in Spring 2003 (keep an eye on Events
for details). Here's the summary:
- March 24 - Chicago: Steppenwolf Theater
- April 2 - San Francisco: City Arts & Lectures
- April 4 - Los Angeles: Writer's Guild Theater
- April 14 - New York City: Barnes and Noble
- April 24 - Philadelphia: Free Library
(Nov 5, 2002)
A few minor DeLillo items to add:
Greil Marcus apparently attended DeLillo's reading at Princeton
a couple weeks ago, and has put a report into his latest 'Top
10' for Salon. I've added an excerpt to the Events
listing (see Oct 16, 2002).
I've added a snippet to DeLillo on
Writing taken from a recent Village Voice article on second
And I'm told that singer Rhett Miller (from the Old 97's) name-drops
DeLillo on his solo album, in the song "World Inside the
(Nov 4, 2002)
Did a bit of searching on the web
(isn't Google an amazing thing?), and found news of a very recent
DeLillo reading at Princeton University given on Oct. 16. Added
detail on the event and a short interview done the same day.
Also found a DeLillo blurb
done for the new book of Gaddis collected pieces, the Rush
for Second Place.
(Oct 19, 2002)
Well, I was guessing that we might
not see him again in San Francisco, but Don is scheduled to appear
at the Herbst Theatre on April 2, 2003, coinciding with the appearance
of Cosmopolis. See the Events
page for more details. Please let me know if you hear of any other
DeLillo speaking events.
I also heard from a gentleman named Pierre Maillard, who tells
me he has made arrangements with DeLillo to obtain film rights
for The Body Artist. I will post more info on this as I
Lastly, I got my hands on an advance copy of the new book!
(Oct 18, 2002)
New information on Cosmopolis,
as found at an EBay auction, including a photo of the ARC.
(Oct 5, 2002)
Added a new book called Underwords:
Perspectives on Don DeLillo's Underworld to the Lit
(Sept 28, 2002)
Added a current production of "Valparaiso"
in Iowa City to Valparaiso Productions
and the Events page.
(Sept 25, 2002)
Did a bit more work on the Bibliography
page to add other printings of the novels.
(Sept 7, 2002)
DeLillo's recent story "Baader-Meinhof"
has been reprinted in The
Guardian, August 17, 2002 and is available online (here
Also added an upcoming production of "The Day Room"
in Washington, D.C. to the Events
Also added some quick links within the Bibliography
page to ease navigation.
(Aug 17, 2002)
Added Village Voice review
of Rude Mechanical's 'Valparaiso'.
(Aug 15, 2002)
Added information on David Cowart's
book Don DeLillo: The Physics of Language to the Lit
(Aug 14, 2002)
Added several links to the Valparaiso
Productions page (Time Out story from New York, and
two reviews of the San Diego production).
(Aug 9, 2002)
Reorganized the 'Valparaiso' information
and created a new Valparaiso Productions
(Aug 7, 2002)
Updated the Events
page to reflect that the Rude Mechanical's production of "Valparaiso"
in NYC has been extended until August 18.
(July 31, 2002)
Finally took care of some housekeeping today, and have added a
A new DeLillo Detractor! Dale
Peck weighs in. DeLillo's tomes - "just plain stupid."
A few Odds and Ends: David Bowie
namedrops, and Nick Fowler's novel does too (even includes a mini-picture!).
And added the info on the Italian edition of "Valparaiso."
(July 28, 2002)
For faster loading, I've split out all the old 'new additions'
to separate pages by year, and links are provided below.
(July 15, 2002)
Made some updates on the "Valparaiso"
page, including a link to a story in the Village Voice entitled
DeLillo's Chile Dish" by Christopher Hickman.
(July 9, 2002)
Added two short items to the Bibliography:
"Finding the Dark Heart" (on the Steppenwolf Theater
company) and "The Fictional Man" on Lee Harvey Oswald,
both in the Essays section.
(June 23, 2002)
Added another Event: a production
of "Valparaiso" to be staged in New York City in July.
(June 8, 2002)
Added a couple Events: a production
of "Valparaiso" is currently being staged in Paris,
and the tentative date for publication of Cosmopolis in March
(May 31, 2002)
Re-activated the What's Next page
for rumors of Cosmopolis! (thanks to Roland Kelts for this
(May 23, 2002)
Added an upcoming production of "Valparaiso" in San
Diego to the Events page.
Added reviews of The Body Artist to the Reviews
(May 12, 2002)
Finally added notice of the "Baader-Meinhof" story to
the Stories and Bibliography
pages (just back from a long holiday in Australia!).
(May 7, 2002)
Added a couple DeLillo epigraphs to the Odds
and Ends page.
(March 9, 2002)
DeLillo has written a blurb for a forthcoming novel by Gilbert
Sorrentino, entitled Little Casino to be published by Coffee
House Press this spring. Here's a link: http://www.coffeehousepress.org/littlecasinoreviews.asp
(thanks to Kathy Tontobreine).
For decades, Gilbert Sorrentino has remained a unique figure
in our literature. He reminds us that fiction lives because artists
make it. He is an artist who works against the age, the tide,
the timid wish to be popular. Again, in Little Casino, he brings
modernist rigor to the sad, messy, comical past. This novel is
a liturgy of pop songs, card games, women's underwear and all
the mistakes we've ever made. It is also a rich fiction in the
act of twisted self-reflection. To the novel-everyone's novel-Sorrentino
brings honor, tradition and relentless passion.
(March 3, 2002)
Added a new page for the first
paperback edition of The Body Artist.
(February 14, 2002)
Made some updates to the Bibliography,
the Stories, Lit
Crit and added an unlikely Odds
and Ends item.
John Duvall's book, "Don DeLillo's Underworld:
A Reader's Guide" is now out.
(January 31, 2002)
A couple new DeLillo related things appear in a recent issue of
Atlantic Quarterly, including an interview with Jody McAuliffe
on his plays, and a short piece by Frank Lentricchia entitled
"Aristotle and/or DeLillo" on his recent short play
"The Mystery at the Middle of Ordinary Life." See the
Interviews page for more details
(go to the bottom).
Also, a new book is out by John Duvall, "Don DeLillo's
Underworld: A Reader's Guide" (ISBN 0826452418).
More details to follow soon.
(January 15, 2002)
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