Who is Orest Mercator and what point do you think DeLillo is making in White Noise?
Orest Mercator is Heinrich's friend from school. Though a foolish young man, he is nothing if not ambitious, hoping one day to break the world endurance record for sitting in a cage full of poisonous snakes. He claims to be unafraid of death, which you'd have to be in order to contemplate sitting in a cage full of Gaboon vipers with two-inch fangs for any length of time.
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