Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Dec 1, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

BIG RED SON
CERTAINLY THE END OF SOMETHING OR OTHER ONE WOULD SORT OF HAVE TO THINK
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SOME REMARKS ON KAFKAS FUNNINESS FROM WHICH PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH HAS BEEN REMOVED
xi
AUTHORITY AND AMERICAN USAGE
xi
THESIS STATEMENT FOR WHOLE ARTICLE
xi
EXAMPLE OF HOW CONCEPTS OF RHETORIC AND DIALECT AND GROUPINCLUSION CAN HELP MAKE SENSE OF SOME OF THE USA...
xi
ANOTHER KIND OF USAGE WARSRELATED EXAMPLE THIS ONE WITH A PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON DIALECT AS A VECTOR OF SE...
xi
WHY BRYAN A GARNER IS A GENIUS I
xi
UP SIMBA
xxxiv
WHO CARES
xxxvi
GLOSSARY OF RELEVANT CAMPAIGN TRAIL VOCAB MOSTLY COURTESY OF JIM C AND THE NETWORK NEWS TECHS
xli
SUBSTANTIALLY FARTHER BEHIND THE SCENES THAN YOURE APT TO WANT TO BE
xliv
WHO EVEN CARES WHO CARES
lv
NEGATIVITY
lviii
SUCK IT UP
lxxx
CONSIDER THE LOBSTER
lxxxvii

WHY BRYAN A GARNER IS A GENIUS II
xi
BONUS FULLDISCLOSURE INFO ON THE SOURCES OF CERTAIN STUFF THAT DOES OR SHOULD APPEAR INSIDE QUOTATION MARK...
xii
THE VIEW FROM MRS THOMPSONS
xvi
HOW TRACY AUSTIN BROKE MY HEART
xxiv
JOSEPH FRANKS DOSTOEVSKY
xcviii
Personal Acknowledgments
cviii
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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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