Notes

7. The “un-American” tag Babette hangs on Mink has both national and racial overtones, as Jack’s narration makes clear: “His nose was flat, his skin the color of a Planter’s peanut. What is the geography of a spoon-shaped face? Was he Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Nepalese, Surinamese, Dutch-Chinese? Was he a composite?” (DeLillo 1985/1991: 307).