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The author of the book: David Foster Wallace
Date of issue: 2013
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Another collection of essays that reminded me of After Henry by Joan Didion which I recently read as well. This collection of essays was also really well written yet I found some of it boring, especially the two on tennis. I honestly hate watching sports except maybe soccer and regardless of that eloquent essay about the beauty of the human body and tennis or the commercialization at the US open I still had to drag myself through those two. I however did enjoy the essays about writing much more, especially the one where he talks about fun and writing. The comparison of ones own work to a deformed baby was funny, at least to me which probably doesn't say anything good about me. The essay on the problems and changes in writing because of cultural changes was interesting, though I'm not sure how much I agree with the often said sentiment that our attention spans are getting shorter, which tends to grate on my nerves. The essay about a book and it's metaphysical message conveyed through writing was interesting but I havent read that book so I was halfheartedly reading it. I also don't think I agree very much with the messages in the essay on AIDS or Math, even though the writing in the AIDS essay amused me greatly. I guess my point is I don't agree with a lot of what's expressed in the book and some of the essays weren't as interesting to me but I enjoyed the writing enough to give it four stars.
Also side note is this kind of thing common with journalists where they publish books of their essays, because I'm not sure I get what the purpose it besides to show off their superior writing. Not that theres anything wrong with that its just a lot of the essays from both Wallace and Didion's collections seem to be from the 1980's and somewhat onward to early 2000's and so they're seem slightly irrelevant.
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Read information about the authorDavid Foster Wallace worked surprising turns on nearly everything: novels, journalism, vacation. His life was an information hunt, collecting hows and whys. "I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today," he once said, "of which maybe 25 are important. My job is to make some sense of it." He wanted to write "stuff about what it feels like to live. Instead of being a relief from what it feels like to live." Readers curled up in the nooks and clearings of his style: his comedy, his brilliance, his humaneness.
His life was a map that ends at the wrong destination. Wallace was an A student through high school, he played football, he played tennis, he wrote a philosophy thesis and a novel before he graduated from Amherst, he went to writing school, published the novel, made a city of squalling, bruising, kneecapping editors and writers fall moony-eyed in love with him. He published a thousand-page novel, received the only award you get in the nation for being a genius, wrote essays providing the best feel anywhere of what it means to be alive in the contemporary world, accepted a special chair at California's Pomona College to teach writing, married, published another book and, last month [Sept. 2008], hanged himself at age 46.
-excerpt from The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky in Rolling Stone Magazine October 30, 2008.
Among Wallace's honors were a Whiting Writers Award (1987), a Lannan Literary Award (1996), a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction (1997), a National Magazine Award (2001), three O. Henry Awards (1988, 1999, 2002), and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.
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