RARA-AVIS: DeLillo and noir

From: Jay Gertzman ( jgertzma@earthlink.net)
Date: 26 Apr 2004

That was a succinct, articulate evaluation of DeLillo by "Grimes." I think elements of _Underworld_ are extremely noir, or at least touch on noir themes: the "don't touch me" inner life of J Edgar Hoover; his FBI files and how they take on a reality that erases the facts of a person's life; the suggestions of the "deep connections" between what appear to the most deadly enemies in American politics and urban entrepreneurship; and the sacrifices in human life that the waste industry, and the war industy, entail. DeLillo's _Running Dog_ is a mystery story in my opinion: a purveyor of the highest possible porn; a missing film supposedly taken of an orgy in Hitler's bunker; a reporter whose magazine used to be far left but now is something almost the opposite of that; contract murders; and obsessions with spying, informing, and manipulating national and world events.

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