“If you’ve tried reading Don DeLillo’s fiction in the past and found it the literary equivalent of being whacked in the head with a sack full of quarters, his new short story collection, The Angel Esmeralda, is an ideal way to give him another chance.”
"Don DeLillo is a connoisseur of chaos."
— John Banville, reviewing DeLillo’s new short story collection The Angel Esmeralda
“Brooklyn’s collective memory still bears the image of [Ralph] Branca’s pitch to Thomson. The significance of baseball, more than other sports, lies in the very nature of the game—slow and spread out and rambling. It’s a game of history and memory, a kind of living archive.”
—Don DeLillo, in a Q&A on Grantland
“This spot was so close to perfect we would not even want to tell ourselves how lucky we were, having been delivered to it. The best of new places had to be protected from our own cries of delight. We would hold the words for weeks or months, for the soft evening when a stray remark would set us to recollecting. I guess we believed, together, that the wrong voice can obliterate a landscape.”
—from “Creation” by Don DeLillo in The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
This is the first collection of DeLillo’s short stories. On sale Nov 15.
"This is what I mean when I call myself a writer. I construct sentences. There’s a rhythm I hear that drives me through a sentence. And the words typed on the white page have a sculptural quality. They form odd correspondences. They match up not just through meaning but through sound and look."
Don DeLillo (via nouvelliste)
We can personally attest to the truthfulness of this quote. DeLillo actually cares about how the words and sentences look on the page. How great is that?
"I must say, going to the ballgame with Don was one of the great things, because he goes with his mitt. He’s up there for every fly ball."
— Salman Rushdie, on going to a Yankee game with Don DeLillo
"All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life."
—John Cheever (via literaryflack)
Au contraire! Don DeLillo is a life-long Yankees fan, as is Paul Auster.
Proof: Here they are (several years ago) at a Yankees game with fellow fans from the Gotham Book Mart.
DeLillo has written:
”I remember one afternoon, in October, hearing a strange sound, a little like surf, and wondering what it was. And later I realized it was the sound made by the crowd at Yankee Stadium when Tommy Henrich hit a late-inning home run.” (NYT)