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ISBN13: 9780316156110
ISBN10: 0316156116
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Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In these pages he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. His quest takes him into the three-ring circus of a presidential race to ask, among other urgent questions, why it is that the circles journalists walk in while whispering into their cell phones are always counterclockwise. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary. He plunges into the wars among dictionary writers, deconstructing once and for all the battles between descriptivists and prescriptivists. And he talks his way into an LA radio studio, bearing buckets of fried chicken, to get an uncensored view of a conservative talk show and its alarmingly attired host.

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"Novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest) might just be the smartest essayist writing today. His topics are various — this new collection treats porn, sports autobiographies and the vagaries of English usage, among others — his perspective always slightly askew and his observations on point. Wallace is also frustrating to read. This arises from a few habits that have elevated him to the level of both cause clbre and enfant terrible in the world of letters. For one thing, he uses abbrs. w/r/t just about everything without warning or, most of the time, context. For another, he inserts long footnotes and parenthetical asides that by all rights should be part of the main texts (N.B.: These usually occur in the middle of phrases, so that the reader cannot recall the context by the time the parentheses are wrapped up) but never are. These tricks are adequately postmodern (a term Wallace is intelligent enough to question) to prove his cleverness. But a writer this gifted doesn't need such cleverness. Wallace's words and ideas, as well as a wonderful sense of observation that makes even the most shopworn themes seem fresh, should suffice. Agent, Bonnie Nadell." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Wallace's complex essays are written, and rightfully so, to be read more than once." Mark Eleveld, Booklist

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"Another savory, hard-thinking, wildly imaginative collection of essays and observations from the artful Wallace." Kirkus Reviews

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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

Synopsis:

This brilliant and hilarious new collection of essays is offered by the award-winning author of the bestselling "Infinite Jest."

About the Author

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

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ReaderOfBooks, July 19, 2011 (view all comments by ReaderOfBooks)
David Foster Wallace is one of my favorite writers of all time. His ideas are smart and valuable. I really like the essay "Consider the Lobster" . It made a lot of sense, and it really made me think about what people choose to eat and the lengths they will go to in order to eat that particular food. Wallace writes as if he is talking to you in person, and that makes reading this book even better.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316156110
Subtitle:
And Other Essays
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Author:
Author
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Essayists; Sports; Celebrities; Pornography; Politics; Elections; Writers
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Publication Date:
December 13, 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.125 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.69 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest) might just be the smartest essayist writing today. His topics are various — this new collection treats porn, sports autobiographies and the vagaries of English usage, among others — his perspective always slightly askew and his observations on point. Wallace is also frustrating to read. This arises from a few habits that have elevated him to the level of both cause clbre and enfant terrible in the world of letters. For one thing, he uses abbrs. w/r/t just about everything without warning or, most of the time, context. For another, he inserts long footnotes and parenthetical asides that by all rights should be part of the main texts (N.B.: These usually occur in the middle of phrases, so that the reader cannot recall the context by the time the parentheses are wrapped up) but never are. These tricks are adequately postmodern (a term Wallace is intelligent enough to question) to prove his cleverness. But a writer this gifted doesn't need such cleverness. Wallace's words and ideas, as well as a wonderful sense of observation that makes even the most shopworn themes seem fresh, should suffice. Agent, Bonnie Nadell." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Wallace's complex essays are written, and rightfully so, to be read more than once."
"Review" by , "Another savory, hard-thinking, wildly imaginative collection of essays and observations from the artful Wallace."
"Synopsis" by , Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
"Synopsis" by , This brilliant and hilarious new collection of essays is offered by the award-winning author of the bestselling "Infinite Jest."
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