Friday, February 12, 2010

"You look like Dean Martin!"

Hey pallies, from the Boston Globe's pad "" comes news of famous novelist Don DeLillo's delight in our Dino. On this twelvth day of Dino-amore-month, I shares with you a portion of a review of DeLillo's latest tome, "Point Omega." In an review tagged "An author who knows his cinema" by Glober Mark Feeney, Mr. Feeney shares near the end of the prose 'bout the first time he met Mr. DeLillo. On seein' DeLillo, Feeney blurted out, “You look like Dean Martin!" To which author DeLillo responded, "Have you read the book?" Well, you can read that and the rest below. I likes find it just so Dino-thrillin' to learn 'bout 'nother of the rich and famous who loves our Dino. Cheers to reviewer Feeney for sharin' his personal encounter with DeLillo, liftin' up the name of our Dino, and helpin' all of us to know 'nother's true Dino-passion. As usual, to read the whole review, just click on the title of today's Dino-gram. Dino-yearnin', DMP

I’ve met DeLillo twice. The first time was for an interview, at his publisher’s offices, when “Underworld’’ came out. The elevator door opened, and there he stood. He looked much as he does in his author photos: graying hair, chiseled features, Italianate good looks. There was one difference. He wore oversized glasses with dark frames, the kind Martin Scorsese wears or a certain singer did while hosting celebrity roasts in the ’70s. “You look like Dean Martin!’’ I blurted out. DeLillo nodded.

“Have you read the book?’’ he asked. There was only one book he could have meant: Nick Tosches’s magnificent, nihilistic “Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams.’’ That was it, all right. DeLillo was a big fan. Martin’s partner, as you might imagine, figures almost as much in the book as Dino does. Let there be no doubt: Don DeLillo is a man who knows his Jerry Lewis, raccoon and all.

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