Representation and Reality in Don DeLillo

Uncovering the way DeLillo's work explores boundaries of perception
The Most Photographed Barn in America. Photograph: Jeff Clow

In Don DeLillo's latest novel, Point Omega, Archie Bland observes a questioning of everyday reality that spans back to his earlier masterpiece, White Noise:
Twenty-six years ago, in White Noise, Don DeLillo wrote about the Most Photographed Barn in America, a tourist attraction that was an attraction simply because it was an attraction, and thus bestowed with a significance entirely unjustified by its architectural or historical standing. Read now, the vignette feels like an uncanny prophecy of celeb reality. "No one sees the barn," says Murray, an academic on a day trip. "What was the barn like before it was photographed? What did it look like, how was it different from other barns, how was it similar to other barns? We can't answer these questions because we've read the signs, seen the people snapping the pictures. We can't get outside the aura. We're part of the aura." [Read the article]

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