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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Weekly Top Five

David Foster Wallace Edition !

4. White Noise
By: Don Delillo
Published in 1985

Published in 1985 and now considered one of the best works of the modern age and a scion of postmodern literature, Don Delillo’s breakout novel “White Noise” won the National Book Award and explores many of the themes that are central to postmodernism as a whole. Rampant consumerism, academia, the disintegration of the family, irony, paranoia all find purchase on the novel’s wide–ranging plot devices. The book centers on Jack Gladney, a professor at the Midwestern College-on-the-Hill, and his family as they deal with the political, emotional, and physical fall-out from a chemical spill called the “airborne toxic event”.