Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

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Abacus, 2005 - American essays - 343 pages
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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humour? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious non-fiction. For this collection, David Foster Wallace immerses himself in the three-ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talk show featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that only looks good on the radio. In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.

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Review: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

DFW wrote adrenaline-fueled, almost manic, hyper-insightful, exuberant prose mixed with street slang and professorial footnotes. His curiosity and knowledge were encyclopedic, probably due being a ... Read full review

Review: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

User Review  - Leo Robertson - Goodreads

Not his best for the following reasons: 1. We know what we know now of how his life was cut short. So why the hell did someone, in retrospect, choose to send the great American writer to a bloody ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

David Foster Wallace was 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. He died in September 2008.

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