Image of the Penguin cover of Don DeLillo’s White Noise.
From Barnes and Noble.

From Emily Temple at LitHub.

I happen to be reading White Noise for the first time right now, and when I first saw the news, for whatever reason I read it as Noah Hawley (Legion, TV’s Fargo), and as a result thought that that made a lot of sense for the above reasons. Baumbach makes sense only insofar as that it’s a very kind of hipster novel, but based on the actual material of the novel, Noah Hawley seems like he’d be a much better fit. I’m not going to say I was necessarily excited about it either way, and I have no particular qualms with Baumbach (like Temple, I enjoyed The Squid and the Whale, and used to use it in class; I haven’t seen much of his other work, though). But, I’d be really interested to see how Hawley would handle that material, and frankly, I suspect it would be a more interesting adaptation than what we’ll likely get from Baumbach.

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Kevin Kilroy

Kevin Kilroy

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Poet and doctoral student in Writing Practices at SUNY Albany. Erstwhile drummer. Television addict. Traveler. Skier. Papa to two kitties.