"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
So much wood pulp and wasted ink.

Picked up Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and DeLillo's Underworld at Barnes & Noble this evening.

Read the first page of both and immediately lost interest in them. I suppose I should perservere, however.

They just both really remind me of Lethem's Fortress of Solitude for some reason, which was immensely disappointing to me. If I had to point out what annoyed me about Fortress, I would be unable to do so, so it was probably a bunch of little things woven together that created a shit-quilt.

The previous DeLillo I read, White Noise, had what I felt to be stilted writing, but an interesting and very twisted story. So I'll definitely give Underworld a chance.

November 27, 2004 1:06 AM