- Feb 19, 2007
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Just read Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. Great real-life story!
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I disliked Falling Man. The original stream of consciousness piece DeLillo wrote about the event itself is brilliant - and it remains the best bit of the book - but the novel he constructed around it does not live up to that at all. And frankly he's only got worse as a writer since then - Point Omega was terrible. There are other interesting post-9/11 works - the best ones of which - Jarett Kobek's Atta, Lavie Tidhar's Osama, Matt Ruff's Mirage and Steve Ericson's Shadowbahn - deal with things in experimental ways... and there are plenty of novels influenced by the subsequent War on Terror more broadly, but it's notable how writers have stayed away from 9/11 as a straight subject or narrative device. The only really truly successful example is probaby in film - Paul Greengrass's United 93.Have you read Falling Man? That’s a good one, esp. if you like obtrusive stylists. Updike’s newspaper piece (from the immediate aftermath) also sticks out, if only because people slammed it for being too pretty.