A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

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Little, Brown, Nov 23, 2009 - Humor - 368 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - dysmonia - LibraryThing

Oh, DFW, if someone could have saved you... 1. Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley I understand it is the writing that is important in all of this, not the subject, but oh, childhood tennis was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - TJWilson - LibraryThing

David Foster Wallace packs so much into a sentence that I always fear that the next one will get me. Doesn’t matter the topic, Wallace will make it interesting. Read full review

Contents

Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley
Television and U S Fiction
Getting Away From Already Pretty Much Being Away From It
Greatly Exaggerated
David Lynch keeps his head
Tennis Player Michael JoyceS Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice Freedom Limitation Joy Grotesquerie and Human Co...
A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again
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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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