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16 January 2006 @ 09:55 am
A late night craving for Don DeLillo  
Sort of out of the blue, I got a craving this weekend to go back and re-read one of my favorite scenes from Don DeLillo's "White Noise." It was the cocktail party scene where these two professors have this incredible sort of intellectual duel, sparring with obscure biographical detail about their respective academic obsessions, Hitler and Elvis. DeLillo just pulls the whole scene off so masterfully. It's so taut and dramatic, even though it's basically just two geeks arguing. I think some part of my brain must have realized that I needed to learn some things from how it was written for this upcoming scene I have to write in my book. I think I'll need to re-read the whole book now, although now that I think about it, I might re-read "Great Jones Street" first.

I thought this photo was an interesting change of pace...

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Listening to: Rain Parade - "Kaleidoscope"
 
 
 
she_thing on January 16th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
I hate that book. It needs to be burned.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: museum: diego riveraassmonkeydiary on January 16th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wow... why is that?
she_thing on January 16th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's just his writing style. It's so pretentious, he sounds like he's trying so hard to say something profound and it just doesn't work. I don't think he really had anything to say in that book, which is why it was so slow. Uh, for me at least. I know a lot of people like that book (and DeLillo for the matter), but he just doesn't do it for me.
xterminal on January 16th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
DeLillo is God. (The Names is one of my favorite books. EVAR.)

...and someone else remembers Rain Parade? Damn! I pulled out Crashing Dream a couple of months ago for the first time in, probably, fifteen years.

(I'm trying to figure out the double-panelled picture, and failing miserably. Either my mind is not far enough in the gutter, or I keep getting distracted by the ass. Whichever.)
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 16th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
heh... I'm actually not positive that I do remember Rain Parade. I've really just discovered them. Pretty nifty psych-pop from what I've heard though. Almost hard to believe they're from the early 80s.

As for the double-panelled picture, that's her tummy on the left.
xterminal on January 16th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
As for the double-panelled picture, that's her tummy on the left.

Excellent!

Yeah, RP were definitely ahead of their time. For the record, they basically changed lead vocalists in the early 90s and became Mazzy Star; never been nearly as fond of MS as I was of RP, though.
lilyvalleylilyvalley on January 16th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting. One of the reasons I'm rereading The Stand is to get ideas on how to bring my characters to life. Stephen King is so awesome at that. I never read the book you're talking about, but ain't it just a great and cosmic coinkydinky that we both recently reread something we loved to better learn the craft of writing?
pluribuspluribus on January 16th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
One of the things I've always said about King is that, no matter what you think of him, his characters are always distinct and lifelike. (Jack Torrence chewing aspirin for his hangovers -- 10-20 years since I've read "The Shining," and I still remember that.)

Similarly, Elmore Leonard has never written a line of dialog where I think, "Real people don't talk that way."

One person's trash is another's treasure, and like that.
doNUT!donutgirl on January 16th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're still workig on your book.
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 16th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Such a big ass.
lilyvalleylilyvalley on January 17th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Well that's rude, calling gridley a huge ass in his own journal. :P
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 17th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Gridley is the king of all asses.

And that's not all. I heard he hates cats...
lilyvalleylilyvalley on January 17th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
*gasps*

No!

You're right, he IS an ass then!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly:  sleestak givernyassmonkeydiary on January 17th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
It's all true.

Although I like it when my druid turns into a cat. In fact I think he spends most of his time as a cat.