Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Making ‘Cosmopolis’ Come Alive at 47th & Times SquareBuckyW Don DeLillo Original Series: "Take a Walk on the Wild Side: 47th St. NYC Photo Diary and Novel Tour
This Times Square post includes the area starting on the east with 6th Ave. (Avenue of the Americas) and Broadway (7th in between); 47th Street is the north portion of Times Square. In our next post, we will be heading to the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen as we approach 8th Avenue. This is where Eric meets up with Elise at the theatre. Times Square is in the heart of the theatre district.
|“you’re going to need a bigger limo” YouTube link|
|This appears behind the
“Specter” billboard seen in the film
No show of underwear gods this day for me…. (just the naked cowboy)
“…in the shadows of the underwear gods that adorned the soaring billboards.”
|The look of the electronic billboards change constantly|
“Directly in front of him, what? People on the traffic island
buying discount theatre tickets.”
“Because time is a corporate asset now. It belongs to the free market system. The present is harder to find.”
“The future becomes insistent. This is why something will happen soon, maybe today.”
“Because money has taken a turn. All wealth has become wealth for its own sake.”
“Money has lost its narrative quality the way painting did once upon a time. Money is talking to itself.”
“The more visionary the idea, the more people it leaves behind.” “The urge to destroy is a creative urge.”
“People will not die. Isn’t this the creed of the new culture? People will be absorbed into streams of information.”
“There was an isolated disturbance outside
the Nasdaq Center a few blocks away.”
- As the limo enters the Times Square area after crossing 6thAvenue, Eric is reflecting on an earlier time in his career, when he was forecasting stocks, when his touting of a stock or technology sector would cause market effects. He thinks how he was making history, “before history became monotonous and slobbering.” He moved to currency trading and “he found beauty and precision here, hidden rhythms on the fluctuation of a given currency.”
- In his conversation with his Chief of Theory, Eric shows how enthralled he is with big picture concepts, with the philosophical nature of the world of money and capitalism.
- There are two exchanges where Eric reacts to Vija’s comments; they clearly have an effect on him. One has to do with the discussion about random forces affecting Eric’s work, and the other their different reactions to one of the protesters.
|Looking South into Times Square (as Eric does); towards NASDAQ center|
“But it was the threat of death at the brink of night that spoke to him more surely about some principle of fate he’d always know would come clear in time. Now he could begin the business of living.”
Between Broadway and 8th Ave., where Eric sees Elise by the theatre, has dinner, and then attends to rave at the Biltmore.
Setting Focus: A Room With a View (Eric’s apartment tower)
Making Cosmopolis Come Alive at: 3rd Ave. & 47th St.
FOCUS (story) : Eric Packer & his Advisers Track the Yen
Making Cosmopolis Come Alive at: 2nd Ave. & 47th St.
Making Cosmopolis Come Alive at: 1st Ave. & 47th St.