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In A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace brings to non-fiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that animated his bestselling novel, Infinite Jest.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again collects David Foster Wallace's writings on a range of subjects that only he could bring together. From personal narratives to tennis, film, philosophy, and postmodern literary theory, no subject is outside the play of his imagination. In "Getting Away from Already Pretty Much Away from it All," a finalist for the 1995 National Magazine Award, Wallace gorges himself on corn dogs, gawks at baton twirlers, and gropes toward the true meaning of the all-American institution the State Fair. In the title essay, one of the most talked about (and frequently photocopied) nonfiction pieces of the year, Wallace reports with excruciating humour the agonies of enduring forced fun on a commercial cruiseliner. Wallace's sports obsession comes out in an essay about the unfathomable gulf between professional tennis players and the merely excellent."E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction" explores the deep currents affecting both popular arts and literary craft, while "David Lynch Keeps His Head" is at once a portrait of the artist at work and an appreciation of the far-reaching cultural influence a popular artist can have.
Unfolding from familiar starting points to inspired leaps of imagination and logic, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again showcases the extrordinary writing and fascinating insights of one of the most exciting and original writers at work today.
1997 Little Brown Hardback
Wow! You've just gotta love these essays!
E Unibus Pluram was wonderful food for thought, The David Lynch one was just the most amazing ride for me (I LOVE David Lynch), and the title essay had so much more than the original
text that it was lovely to read again.... more soon!
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