Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Stories

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Little, Brown, Sep 24, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
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David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted explore poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.
 

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Review: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

User Review  - David - Goodreads

It's not that I didn't know that this was going to be difficult to read at times. I was warned several times, and I have swam these waters before. The Pale King was a very good book, but also off ... Read full review

Review: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

User Review  - Tracy Reilly - Goodreads

I have to admit. I, on a whim, just googled "David Foster Wallace" and "autism", just to see if anyone else ever thought what I'm thinking. I hadn't researched or known a thing about him otherwise ... Read full review

Contents

A RADICALLY CONDENSED HISTORY OF POSTINDUSTRIAL LIFE
DEATH IS NOT THE END
FOREVER OVERHEAD
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE POROUSNESS OF CERTAIN BORDERS XI
THE DEPRESSED PERSON
THE DEVIL IS A BUSY MAN
THINK
ADULT WORLD I
ADULT WORLD II
THE DEVIL IS A BUSY MAN
CHURCH NOT MADE WITH HANDS
YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE POROUSNESS OF CERTAIN BORDERS VI
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
I SOLD SISSEE NAR TO ECKO
ON HIS DEATHBED HOLDING YOUR HAND THE ACCLAIMED NEW YOUNG OFFBROADWAY PLAYWRIGHTS FATHER BEGS A BOON

SIGNIFYING NOTHING
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
DATUM CENTURIO
OCTET
SUICIDE AS A SORT OF PRESENT
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
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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