Tag: delillo

Fictions of the Visual Cortex


Stephen Burn connects Don DeLillo’s fifteenth novel, Point Omega, with the author’s long-running investigation into the structures of the mind. Using an elusive narrative architecture, images from a slowed-down film, and moments of second- and third-order observation, the novel dramatizes the mind’s pre-conscious fiction-making processes.

Electronic Media, Identity Politics, and the Rhetoric of Obsolescence


Anthony Enns questions Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s link between an anxiety about the displacement of male privilige and the fear of new media technology in postmodern fiction.

History as Accretion and Excavation


Paul Gleason on Joseph McElroy’s mid-career epic, Women and Men, as contrasted with Don DeLillo’s Underworld.

Fingering Prefiguring


Alex Reid examines a cross-section of essays in Prefiguring Cyberculture, a work that historicizes the future as neither alarmist nor utopian.

Confronting Chaos


Joseph Tabbi reviews Joe Conte’s Design and Debris and gauges the argument for chaotics-as-aesthetics across media.

Stream of Thought


On the occasion of a new novel by Joseph McElroy and the Overlook Press reissue of McElroy’s earlier work, Andrew Walser initiates a revaluation.

Enthralled by Systems


Chris Messenger reviews Tom LeClair’s first novel, Passing Off (1996).

The Cybernetic Turn: Literary into Cultural Criticism


Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.

Blackness and the Migratory Drive


Walton Muyumba reviews Randall Kenan’s massive meditation on race and introduces a new word into the discourse on African American literature: zugenruhe.

The Medial Turn


Joseph Tabbi identifies a shift in U.S. criticism that has taken place in the eight years separating Susan Strehle’s Fiction in the Quantum Universe and John Johnston’s Information Multiplicity.