Author(s): David Foster Wallace
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 John McCain's 2000 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.
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'Subversive and hip, with a mind tuned to a different frequency, Wallace is singing a song in a key we've not heard before. Original writers don't fit in boxes and Wallace is sui generis on a stick ... this new collection demonstrates a contemporary American master at work at the extreme edge of the radar, asking question after question about the mad, mad world in which he finds himself' Robert McCrum, OBSERVER 'Amazingly thoughtful and self-deprecating, and, most of all, sincere ... Wallace's voice comes zinging off the page, reinforcing the school of thought that says he's some type of maybe-genius doing something they haven't invented a word for yet' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[David Foster Wallace] has the happy skill of being able to write in a fiercely intelligent way whilst being funny and entertaining. Wallace is an original, and that very originality puts you in mind of writers like Hunter S Thompson and Lester Bangs, who also had that strange fusion of an informal tone mixed with a mastery of vocabulary and language ... this is a collection of highly enjoyable and entertaining essays that can be dipped into at will. Just don't forget your dictionary' SUNDAY TRIBUNE
David Foster Wallace is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review's Aga Kahn Prize and John Train Prize for Humour, and the O. Henry Award.