h, August 22, 2012 (view all comments by h)
A perfect portal to Wallace's fantastic writing. Essays in which he solidified his reputation as one of the most important writers--across genres--of the new millennium. And without the length and commitment that Infinite Jest and The Pale King require. These are delightful, thought-provoking essays that cover everything from TV, cruises, tennis, and David Lynch.
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teuvan, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by teuvan)
Brilliant collection of thoughtful essays on a variety of subjects. David Foster Wallace had an amazingly insightful mind, and these essays are among the limited material he left behind. This is the best book (out of 55) I read in 2011, and I would consider his other book of essays (Consider The Lobster) to be second best. If you have not yet had the experience of encountering Wallace's hilarious, yet intellectual and meaningful musings on tennis, David Lynch, the Illinois State Fair, among other subjects and experiences, acquire this book immediately and prepare to expand your consciousness.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"Wallace blurts out that he wants 'passionately serious ideological contemporary fiction [that is] also ingenious and radiantly transcendent fiction.' From most writers, that would be hot air; from one as honest, subtle and ambitious as Wallace, it has the sound of a promise."
by Library Journal,
"Wallace's style is highly personal — some might say eccentric — but his writing is always intelligent, witty, and engaging."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A sprawling meditation on televison and contemporary fiction lays out many intriguing theories."
by Laura Miller, New York Times Book Review,
"Mr. Wallace's distinctive and infectious style, an acrobatic cartwheeling between high intellectual discourse and vernacular insouciance, makes him tremendously entertaining to read, whatever his subject."
by Alex Abramovich, Entertainment Weekly,
"A heady, often hilarious tour of American diversions....A remarkably talented, fluid, and arresting young voice."
by Brigitte Frase, San Francisco Chronicle,
"He's the real thing....Beneath the fun and the verbal high jinks, there is a passionate and deeply serious writer at work."
by John Glassie, Time Out New York,
"As funny and brilliant as any nonfiction book in recent memory."
"[T]hese intelligent, funny essays are outstanding....[A] virtual cyclone with his highly idiosyncratic perceptions, perfectly correct cadence, and casually hip lexicon."
In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest.
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.
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