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Films: After Hours (1985) - Tampopo (1985)

Novels: The Voyeur (1985) - Alberto Moravia

Deaths: Italo Calvino (1923 1985) - Ado Kyrou (1923 - 1985) - Louise Brooks (1906 1985) - Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985) - Oliver W. Sacks
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White Noise (1985) - Don DeLillo
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Better than any book I can think of, White Noise captures the particular strangeness of life in a time where humankind has finally learned enough to kill itself. Naturally, it's a terribly funny book, and the prose is as beautiful as a sunset through a particulate-filled sky. Nice-guy narrator Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at a small college. His wife may be taking a drug that removes fear, and one day a nearby chemical plant accidentally releases a cloud of gas that may be poisonous. Writing before Bhopal and Prozac entered the popular lexicon, DeLillo produced a work so closely tuned into its time that it tells the future. --amazon.com

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