Thursday, February 11, 2010


From a recent New York Times article about Don DeLillo:

"Don DeLillo, whose new novel, 'Point Omega,' came out on Tuesday, is
not exactly a Pynchonesque recluse. He travels, sees friends, gives
readings occasionally. People know what he looks like: a slight,
reserved man, now going gray, with an intense, serious expression. 'I
only smile when I'm alone,' he said recently, not smiling. [...]

He is almost equally uncomfortable with his commercial success, which
began after the publication of 'White Noise,' his 1985 novel about
Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies. Mr. DeLillo doesn't teach
or appear on panels or turn up at big literary gatherings, and he
seldom gives interviews. He doesn't use e-mail, because he says it
'encourages communication I'd just as soon not have.'

Though he considers himself a city person, and still speaks with a
trace of a Bronx accent, Mr. DeLillo and his wife live quietly, almost
invisibly, in a Westchester suburb, where he writes in an upstairs
room on an Olympia manual typewriter he bought secondhand in 1975. On
a shelf nearby are a pair of baseballs signed by Bobby Thomson, whose
1951 pennant-winning home run is the subject of the famous set piece
that begins Mr. DeLillo's novel 'Underworld.' "

The article lives here: