… as they used to say on Sesame Street.

With the literature Nobel looming, people are talking about UD‘s beloved Don DeLillo (her work on him appears here, and here, and here).

UD‘s friend Jeff sends her this appraisal of him as insular and narcissistic. Read it alongside this (“The American Writer as Bad Citizen”), by Frank Lentricchia. (Scroll down.) It says the exact opposite. Decide for yourself.

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3 Responses to “One of these things is not like the other…”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    Is there really “entitled whining” among English proffies in the US when an American doesn’t win, UD?

    I do not dare ask this question of my own English collegaues, since it would probably lead to the creation of a sixth or seventh faction. The entitled whining American triumphalist imperialists vs. the cringing apologetic we’re-so-evil post-colonialists–or something like that.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Oh, I don’t say that DeL – or any American – necessarily deserves to win. I only suggest that the Salon writer is very wrong about the sort of writing DeL does.

  3. Polish Peter Says:

    DeLillo is 33:1 at Ladbrokes:
    http://sports.ladbrokes.com/en-gb/Awards/Nobel-Literature-PrizeAwards/Nobel-Literature-Prize-t210003519

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