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Cosmopolis: Skewed Products

26 Jul

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.

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