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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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Publisher Comments:

A collection of stories from David Foster Wallace is occasion to celebrate. These stories — which have been prominently serialized in Harper's, Esquire, the Paris Review, and elsewhere — explore intensely immediate states of mind, with the attention to voice and the extraordinary creative daring that have won Wallace his reputation as one of the most talented fiction writer of his generation.Among the stories are The Depressed Person, a dazzling portrayal of a woman's mental state; Adult World, which reveals a woman's agonized consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a dark, hilarious series of portraits of men whose fear of women renders them grotesque.

Synopsis:

David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted explore poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.

Synopsis:

These eclectic stories--which have been prominently serialized in "Harper's, Esquire" and the "Paris Review"--explore intensely immediate states of mind with the creative daring that has won Wallace the reputation of one of the most talented fiction writers of his generation.

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.

Table of Contents

A radically condensed history of postindustrial life — Death is not the end — Forever overhead — Brief interviews with hideous men — Yet another example of the porousness of certain borders (XI) — The depressed person — The devil is a busy man — Think — Signifying nothing — Brief interviews with hideous men — Datum centurio — Octet — Adult world (I) — Adult world (II) — The devil is a busy man — Church not made with hands — Yet another example of the porousness of certain borders (VI) — Brief interviews with hideous men — Tri-Stan : I sold Sissee Nar to Ecko — On his deathbed, holding your hand, the acclaimed new young off-Broadway playwright's father begs a boon — Suicide as a sort of present — Brief interviews with hideous men — Yet another example of the porousness of certain borders (XXIV)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316925419
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Author:
Minghella, Max
Author:
Cannavale, Bobby
Author:
Goodwin, Malcolm
Author:
Messina, Chris
Author:
Cerveris, Michael
Author:
Forte, Will
Author:
Charles, Josh
Author:
Krasinski, John
Author:
Meloni, Christopher
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Obsession
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
20090908
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.66 lb

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Product details 288 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316925419 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted explore poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.
"Synopsis" by , These eclectic stories--which have been prominently serialized in "Harper's, Esquire" and the "Paris Review"--explore intensely immediate states of mind with the creative daring that has won Wallace the reputation of one of the most talented fiction writers of his generation.
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