Read #1: “The city was full of people searching for the man or woman who might save them”

At the moment I am reading “Americana” by Don DeLillo. Somehow it fits quite well with the vibe in Hong Kong, too. It’s about people who spends their whole days in an office, working & drinking, without really working. Love this paragraph:

“All the office doors were closed and I opened them one by one as I progressed through the corridors. Jones Perkins was down on one knee, golf club in hand, lining up a seven-foot putt; a tipped-over paper container served as cup. Walter Faye was reading the Kama Sutra to his secretary. Mars Tyler was at his desk, running a strand of dental floss between his teeth. Reeves Chubb was in the process of changing his shirt. Richter Janes and Grove Palmer were pitching quarters to the wall. Quincy Willet was having his shoes shined by the freelance bootblack. Paul Joyner sat at his royal blue sofa, barefoot, in the lotus position. I was like a movie camera catching documentary glimpses of everyday life in a prison, on an aircraft carrier, in a home for the criminally insane.”

I’m just halfway with the book, but totally agree with the cover – it makes me want to read a lot more of DeLillo’s books! What inspired me to write this post right now? A sentence.

“The city was full of people searching for the man or woman who might save them.”

Some writers can just say all the right things with ONE sentence. This is definitely one of those.

Top photo by me – from a party in HK.

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One Response to “Read #1: “The city was full of people searching for the man or woman who might save them””
  1. Alex Flores says:

    Yeah I love that sentence too. Great stuff.

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