Currently Reading: Don DeLillo – White Noise

White Noise is the story of Jack and Babette and their children from several previous marriages. They live in a college town where Jack is a Professor of Hitler Studies,Babette teaches posture and reads tabloids to elderly people. Except for the possibility of some drug that Babette seems to be hiding, everything is normal chaos in their lives. And then a deadly toxic accident causes them to seek shelter, bringing to surface this nagging fear of death.

DeLillo has a knack for capturing the essence of American popular culture through intelligence and ironic humor. White Noise essentially is about American’s fear of death, but it touches upon so many silly things in our society that it certainly goes far beyond this subject. On the other hand, you can say that it is simply about everyday life and everyday relationships. I find it interesting that this book was first published in 1984, since it seems to point out things that seem even more true today, (like a drug similar to Prozac) than I recall from 15 years ago. One thing that dates the book is the “generic” food section at the supermarket. Remember the black and white packaging? Now, where did that concept go…

Album Review: Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns

If you are a Linkin Park fan you might have heard that they’ve released a new album last week. You might have also heard that the album is quite different to their last works. I bought “A Thousand Suns” last week and must say that it really is different to A Hybrid Theory or Meteora but even though I was quite disappointed after the first listen I still gave it a chance and listened to it again – and was blown away. ATS is probably Linkin Park’s best album so far and I hope that all the hardcore LP fans try to be a bit more open to new things and realise that LP can’t be defined by HT or Meteora. The only thing I din’t like: too many preludes and only nine full tracks. There could have been more…really!

Favs: When they come for me, Blackout, Wretches and Kings, Iridescent, The Catalyst

Hates: The Messenger

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