Short story: “The Runner”
by look i have opinions
“The Runner,” by Don DeLillo
Looks like 1,073 words—I overestimated by several hundred
For some reason I found this one a bit lackluster for DeLillo. A solid story, but the character’s realization and his gentle lie are a little predictable, a little pat. Of course it’s comforting to believe that the horrors of life can be explained and fit into a meaningful pattern, and DeLillo expresses that well. I just expected something sharper.