art or terror

Don DeLillo’s short story “Baader-Meinhof” was first published in 2002. Like the two unnamed characters in the text who cannot escape the lure of Gerhard Richter’s Baader-Meinhof painting series, returning to the museum day after day as if caught in a trance, my thoughts for the past few days have been haunted by DeLillo’s story and the seriousness it casts upon art, intimacy, and the terror that comes from, quite simply, just being alive.

Deborah Treisman, in discussion with Chang rae-Lee in The New Yorker‘s Fiction Podcast, commented that Don DeLillo, for a time, would make two piles for story ideas: one called “art,” the other, “terror.”

“Baader Meinhof” was published in The Guardian in April of 2002.

Chang rae-Lee read aloud “Baader Meinhof” for the April 2010 edition of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast.

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