Tell us about the book White Noise (Don DeLillo) and why you love it?
I like to read a lot, but this is the first time in a while where I’ve really been jealous of an author’s ability to say words. Almost every page he says something, and I just can’t get myself to understand where that thought process came from, you know? I read it and I’m like “wow, I would have never thought of this. I think the proper name for it is absurdity. Like the style. He talks about normal everyday life and he makes the situations bizarre enough to where it is not completely realistic, but it also highlights how ridiculous our normal life is. And it takes a certain level of cleverness you know, and I admire it a lot and I am jealous of his ability to write, really.
What’s your favorite aspect of the book?
The fact that his young children are the smartest characters. It just follows a normal family. The father is a professor and he has children are 11, 8, 6, 4, so they are very young, but the way that they speak is very profound. It’s obviously not realistic for the kids to be saying the things that they say, but they are kind of the characters that ground the parents and teach them new things which I think is pretty funny and very interesting to read because you are kind of excited to wait for the kids to speak because they are the ones who are going to get the adults to think about the world in a different way.