Containing Multitudes Since 2004
I really like Don DeLillo's portrayal of Lenny in "Underworld". He is arguably the only heroic character in the book. "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!"
RZ: I second that! Imagine Lenny returning to the USA after almost 50 years to find teens going to prison for innocuous "offenses" like "sexting"... think he'd be a little depressed to discover he really did, possibly, "die in vain"...?
Something deeply unsettling about this image of Lenny. Of course, he would find that all to the good but here his humanity just leaps off the page. It's pretty easy to love him for what he was and did and what he endured. Here the price he would pay becomes apparent.
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
Lenny played right into their publicity-seeking hands--not that he could help himself, because he was a drug-tormented man. And not that they were righteous, 'cause they sure as hell were not.
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