Memory and film

The present gives way to the future, in perpetual deferral:

There was no time for remembering things because something else was always coming along. (35)

Seven women think they are being filmed and wave at the cameraman, while he points his camera at them, not filming. The narrator reflects on the search for “incontestable evidence” that we did once exist.

What better proof (if proof is ever needed) that they have truly been alive? Their happiness, I think, was made of this, the anticipation of incontestable evidence, and had nothing to do with the present moment, which would pass with all the others into whatever is the opposite of eternity. (254)

Don DeLillo (1971), Americana