One reason I'm enjoying this book is that I feel more of a connection to my life than I did with Gravity's Rainbow. Although these books have some similar themes they have different settings. They both deal with the Cold War and paranoia, but Pynchon did it in a roundabout way.
It's also amazing that this book was written before 9/11. I don't think I would appreciate it the same way if I read it before 9/11. The parts that take place in the 50's portray Americans living in a very similar time: scared, haunted, and at the mercy of the government.
Then, in the parts about the 90's, DeLillo taps in to the world of 24 hour news. I'm from the DC area and a few years back we had a sniper shooting down random people in the area. So when the character's are watching the news, the same tapes over and over, I could relate. And it's a gunman shooting from a car, so that also felt real.
They talk about Encyclopedic novels being prophetic...but only because they are set in the recent past. Many things about DeLillo's book go beyond that...and I get that same creepy feeling that we all got by looking at the cover. It was written in the 90's but it just seems so relevant to our post-9/11 world. Was DeLillo onto something? Or are we really living in a New Cold War?