Three Books

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The Dick Gibson Show by Stanley Elkin. 1983 trade paperback by E.P. Dutton/Obelisk. Cover design by Janet Halverson.

I finished Elkin’s The Franchiser this week and started this one this week.

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The Names by Don DeLillo. 1989 trade paperback by Vintage Contemporaries (God I love Vintage Contemporaries wonderful awful covers)God I love Vintage Contemporaries wonderful awful covers). COver design by Lorraine Louie employing an illustration by Marc Tauss.

I tried starting The Names after finishing The Franchiser, but took a pause…maybe I still have the bad taste of this recent DeLillo interview in my ears.

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The Feud by Thomas Berger. First edition hardback by Delacorte Press, 1983. Jacket design and illustration by Fred Marcellino.

A colleague gave me this a few years ago, and I love the cover; Marcellino’s actually been featured in these Three Books posts a few times now—he did covers for Pynchon and Russell Hoban that I adore.

3 thoughts on “Three Books”

  1. I just finished the DeLillo interview and I don’t understand why it would leave a bad taste in your mouth. What did I miss?

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    1. I thought the host’s questions were inane and then rude…also thought DdD came off a bit grumpy with his comments on the American future—but I think that was the host’s fault, not D’s.

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      1. Oh. I thought it was one of the better interviews I’ve heard DeLillo give. Usually he is much more opaque and gnomic. As for his negativity about our future, well, I don’t think, in light of what our country has become, his negativity is unearned or unwarranted. But then again, I’m a grumpy old man myself. A grumpy old man who is tired of people staring at their black mirrors and then walking straight into him without saying excuse me or sorry.

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