Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Stories

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Little, Brown, Sep 24, 2009 - Fiction - 336 pages
In this thought-provoking and playful short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence.
Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many guises. Among the stories are 'The Depressed Person,' a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World,' which reveals a woman's agonized consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,' a dark, hilarious series of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women.
Wallace delights in leftfield observation, mining the absurd, the surprising, and the illuminating from every situation. This collection will enthrall DFW fans, and provides a perfect introduction for new readers.
 

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User Review  - modioperandi - LibraryThing

A thoroughly disturbing collection of short stories. A dive into the point-of-view of troubled mostly dangerous people. Some stories are not that and the ones that are not in the interview form are ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

My favorite DFW fiction so far, though that only includes IJ and Girl With Curious Hair. This collection has a much better balance between stories I just want to read, and stories I only want to write ... Read full review

Contents

Copyright
Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders XI
The Devil Is a Busy
Datum Centurio
Adult World
The Devil Is a Busy
Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders VI
Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko
On His Deathbed Holding Your Hand the Acclaimed New Young OffBroadway
Suicide As a Sort of Present
Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders XXIV

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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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