9780316919890

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

ISBN 10: 0316919896 / 0-316-91989-6
ISBN 13: 9780316919890
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:

"A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" brings together Wallace's musings on a wide range of topics, form his early days as a nationally ranked tennis player to his trip on a commercial cruse liner. In each of these essays, Wallace's observations are as keen as they are funny. In "A Ticket to the Fair," a finalist for a 1995 National Magazine Award, Wallace visits a state fair, where he gorges himself on corn dogs, gawks at baton twirlers, admires the sheep and pig barns, and experiences the true meaning of this all-American institution. Filled with hilarious details and invigorating analyses, these essays brilliantly expose the fault line in our culture and once again reveal David Foster Wallace's extraordinary talent and gargantuan intellect.


Review:

"...sometimes tiresome but often truly rewarding....Wallace writes with an intensity that transforms rambling reportage into a sui generis mode of weird philosophizing."

Kirkus, 12/15/1996

Review:

"He has a way of making you see the mundane things you've seen a thousand times before from a slightly different angle....Indeed the ordinary becomes slightly surreal in these pieces, much the way it does in Mr. Wallace's fiction....this volume not only reconfirms Mr. Wallace's stature as one of his generation's pre-eminent talents, but it also attests to his virtuosity, an aptitude for the essay, profile and travelogue, equal to the gifts he has already begun to demonstrate in the realm of fiction."

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 02/04/1997

 
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