Mao II

Today I am reading Don DeLillo’s incredibly strange, wonderful book, ‘Mao II.’

This quote struck me as remarkable:

“The thousands stand and chant. Around them in the world, people ride escalators going up and sneak secret glances at the faces coming down. People dangle teabags over hot water in white cups. Cars run silently on the autobahns, streaks of painted light. People sit at desks and stare at office walls. They smell their shirts and drop them in the hamper. People bind themselves into numbered seats and fly across time zones and high cirrus and deep night, knowing there is something they’ve forgotten to do.

The future belongs to crowds.”

I think that the moment that makes this passage what it is, is: “…high cirrus and deep night…”

God, what a novel!

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