Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Further On Up The Road

KinoSport has been busy, or maybe I just caught up. Great stuff lately. Here is the latest: graffiti, Calvin Klein and Don DeLillo.

I'll never forget picking up Underworld at some point soon after 9/11 and being completely leveled by the image on the cover. The book, after all, came out in 1997. But, that's another discussion, for another place.

I'll be off to pick up the paperback edition of McCarthy's The Road today, pushed by the knowledge that it now exists in paperback and can therefore, can be rolled, folded, crammed, stored and devoured in a way that a hardbound book never could. Someone told me it was better than Blood Meridian. That's a strong statement. And I don't know how I feel about it.


Oxypoet said...

I may have to check out that McCarthy. Underworld, however, is phenomenal and I strongly recommend, especially the opening sequence, which is so good, they published it separately later on as a novella. DeLillo is a genius.butler1!

James said...

Hey, thanks for the mention. It's certainly an odd experience, reading 'Underworld' today and carrying around that cover - Delillo's voice feels frighteningly prescient (even more so in 'Mao II' from the early 90s, where the characters talk about the towers as symbols and that terrorists have replaced novelists in cataloguing fear...or something like that)

I keep meaning to read McCarthy's 'The Road' - so many people swear by it, but something about the 'post-apocalyptic' blurb has been keeping me away...but I'll give it a go. Currently reading Norman Mailer's 'The Executioner's Song' which is jawdropping and, despite all his other nonsense, he earns his reputation with this. It's like 'In Cold Blood' on steroids.