DeLillo satirizes modern-day, upper-bougie American living skillfully and satisfyingly, with extra points for his send-up of academics. I particularly like DeLillo's way of describing people's motions and gestures abstractly, with more focus on the interpretations of the observer than the feelings of the observed. The real feat is that it is still very funny, and very topical, even though it was published in 1985, which should make it ancient history the way pop culture hurtles us through the days.
I've seen a few things recently on terror management
, or how we manage our fear of death, that would make some fascinating side reading for this book. Also, Joseph Campbell's _The Power of Myth_, which I was reading at the same time, seems to have a lot to say to just about every other book I'm reading.