I’ve been reading two books lately that are..interesting…to read together: Falling Man, by Don DeLillo, and The Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein. The DeLillo book takes place in the days immediately following September 11, and one of the main characters is someone who walked out of the Twin Towers, and reunited with his estranged wife.

The Klein book is about how neoliberals have been using the aftermath of various natural or man-made disasters–including 9/11, the tsunami of 2005, and Hurricane Katrina–to do massive social re-engineering that privileges big corporations and displaces the poor. I’m not that far into it yet, partly because I can’t read more than a chapter at a time without having my blood pressure rise into a dangerous neighorhood.

The interesting thing about reading it in conjunction with the DeLillo book is the feeling of being pushed back into that week, when the shock was new and ever-present. The point of the Klein book is that the Administration (and global capital) used the shock and dislocation of that time to rush through the abrogation of our civil liberties, and to enter into contractual relationships with companies like Blackwater and Halliburton to engage in war in Afghanistan.

It’s thought-provoking, to say the least.


February 27, 2008. books for grown-ups.


  1. thordora replied:

    Naomi Klein makes my BP rise…

  2. Google Reader meme « Penguin unearthed replied:

    […] Reading Landismom is reading about September 11 – both in fiction and polemic. She and I seem to like a lot of the same books, so its always a treat when she writes about them. […]

  3. meta-DAD replied:

    Don Delillo, yes, I went through his books. Good schtuff. Ever read Paul Auster? You may like his stuff as well. Or his wife, Siri Hustvedt for that matter. Just a thought.

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