20 Bad Books By Good Authors

The Body Artist

Author: Don DeLillo
Released: 2001

There’s something about the short ones, the slim novels (or novellas) where great authors try to do something different and it turns out to be a fart in a tiny space. The Body Artist is Don DeLillo farting.

It sounds like: Lauren Hartke is a performance artist with a problem; her filmmaker husband has thrown the chrome to his forehead and pulled the trigger. Is the problem that she’s sad, or is it the weird guy living in her home like Gary Busey in the under-appreciated made-for-TV crapshow Hider in the House? Who knows? Accept the mystery. Or don’t. —Ross Scarano

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