So here’s my take on their take:
1) Kinda ballsy to put The Names in the “classics” category. White Noise and Libra are kind of easy picks for the “classics,” and I’m not sure that Libra qualifies (though it did drive George Will into a fit of pissy rage, and that deserves credit). (Also check out that new Penguin Classics White Noise package w/the Powers intro. Didn’t notice that one when it came out last year.) Lastly, I get why they made Pafko a classic, but at this point I don’t really consider it a DeLillo book.
2) Sorry, but if Underworld isn’t a classic, then nothing from DeLillo is. Players feels about right here, as does Great Jones Street, if only because DeLillo was still getting his motor running at that point. (I do love that book, though.) The positioning of Mao II here seems fair, though you could argue its classic status.
3) I get why Ratner’s Star is a “For Fans Only,” but I also don’t. A lot of people who know Jack about DeLillo could have a lot of fun with this one. Maybe Running Dog is a little blah for fans. Americana is about right here. End Zone is a lot deeper than the NY Mag people understood. Should at least be a 2. Amazons should be a 5. Game 6 should be an “Avoid,” or at best a “Watch While Drunk With Friends.”