Zero K

(Note: this piece originally appeared on my (TW) Tumblr as part of my Informalities series, on 09 June 2016). 

The simplicity of its core struggle, of the ages-old, archetypal conflict between fathers and sons wrought over generational variances in perceptions of love and of purpose, makes DeLillo’s latest, ZERO K, tower above all of his works since UNDERWORLD.

That simplicity leads you, sans coddling, into a labyrinth, its foundation erected at a futurist crossroads of technological ethics and immortality, where a father and a son confront their terrors of abandonment, of love lost through love preserved, and stare over the precipice of their lives without, one staring headlong into the hope of unknown future that may never be, the other into the unknown future that only he can make.