3rd. article in our 7-week series on the film Cosmopolis
Delillo’s Cosmopolis is a frequently paradoxical and enigmatic story that focuses on the events of Eric Michael Packer’s frequently complicated day. No doubt a genius, the efforts Delillo expends to illustrate a personality almost fully defined by his materials is almost dizzying. This essay will commit itself to exploring these descriptions at the expense of so many of Eric’s other dynamic attributes: which include his technical might as a hacker, his genius as an asset manager, and his status as a visionary of his age. Though Delillo’s book spends very little time objectively exploring Eric’s psychology, it is no secret that Eric’s is a difficult protagonist. The products of his life do the most to define him as a character.