Both Flesh And Not

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 24, 2012 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected non-fiction, by the legendary David Foster Wallace Beloved for his wonderfully discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected in Both Flesh and Not are fifteen essays published for the first time in book form. From 'Federer Both Flesh and Not', considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; to 'The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2,' which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; to 'Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young', an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers, David Foster Wallace's writing swoops from erudite literary discussion to open-hearted engagement with the most familiar of our twentieth-century cultural references. A celebration of David Foster Wallace's great loves - for language, for precision, for meaning - and a feast of enjoyment for his fans, Both Flesh and Not is a fitting tribute to this writer who was never concerned with anything less important than what it means to be alive. Praise for David Foster Wallace: 'A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian . . . he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us.' Zadie Smith 'Wallace's essays brim with cerebral energy, acute observation and fizzing wit. Enviably good.' Sunday Times 'A prose magician . . . He could map the infinite and infinitesimal, the mythic and mundane.' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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User Review  - alexrichman - LibraryThing

As ever with DFW's non-fiction, if you're not familiar with or fond of his subject material the essays can be a little overwhelming - but when interests overlap with your own, this is sparkling, Read full review

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User Review  - JonArnold - LibraryThing

Foster Wallace’s last essay collection is, of necessity, weaker than his previous two. Those had the luxury of cherry picking his finest work to the point at which they were published. Both Flesh And ... Read full review

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Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987). Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

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