The David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster WallaceThe David Foster Wallace Reader is a selection of David Foster Wallaces work, introducing readers to his humour, kindness, sweeping intellect and versatility as a writer.
A compilation from the one of the most original writers of our age, featuring:
· the very best of his fiction and non-fiction;
· previously unpublished writing
· and original contributions from 12 prominent authors and critics about his work
From classic short fiction to genre-defining reportage, this book is a must for new readers and confirmed David Foster Wallace fans alikeOne of the most dazzling luminaries of contemporary American fiction Sunday Times
There are times, reading his work, when you get halfway through a sentence and gasp involuntarily, and for a second you feel lucky that there was, at least for a time, someone who could make sense like no other of what it is to be a human in our era Daily Telegraph
A prose magician, Mr. Wallace was capable of writing . . .about subjects from tennis to politics to lobsters, from the horrors of drug withdrawal to the small terrors of life aboard a luxury cruise ship, with humour and fervour and verve Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
David Foster Wallace wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System and three story collections. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again. He died in 2008.
David Foster Wallace interview on "A Supposedly Fun Thing" on WPR (04/1997)
His novel Infinite Jest was listed by Time magazine as one of the best English-language novels published between and The Los Angeles Times ' David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last twenty years". As an adolescent, Wallace was a regionally ranked junior tennis player, an experience he wrote about in the essay "Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley", originally published in Harper's Magazine as "Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes".
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A supposedly great article Ill never read the same way again
Roiland is a cultural historian of the American news media, who researches and teaches classes on the cultural, political, and literary significance of American journalism. This piece originally appeared in the Fall issue of Literary Journalism Studies. Our thanks to Roiland for allowing us to reprint it here, and for adding this introduction:. David Foster Wallace saw clear lines between journalists and novelists who write nonfiction, and he wrestled throughout his career with whether a different set of rules applied to the latter category. In the years after his death, he has faced charges of embellishment and exaggeration by his close friend Jonathan Franzen and repeated by his biographer D. Before he sat down with the best tennis player on the planet for a noonday interview in the middle of the Wimbledon fortnight, David Foster Wallace prepared a script.
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David Foster Wallace: The future of fiction in the information age
Wallace Essays Hunter S. Sullivan Malcolm Gladwell. Words and Writing Tense Present Perhaps the finest review of an English usage dictionary - this classic essay touches on everything from race bias in academia and the evolution of language to the pros and cons on non-standard English. Deciderization Why just about every important word on The Best American Essays 's front cover turns out to be vague, debatable, slippery, disingenuous, or else 'true' only in certain contexts. Laughing With Kafka "For me, a signal frustration in trying to read Kafka with students is that it is next to impossible to get them to see that Kafka is funny. They tend to lurk and to stare. The minute fiction writers stop moving, they start lurking, and stare.
But The End of the Tour is not terrible. It turns out Jason Segel is great at acting, and Jesse Eisenberg is great at being a douchebag. Everyone does it. Lying about having read David Foster Wallace is an American tradition. Like making up words to describe wine. You'll like The End of the Tour whether you're a Wallace disciple or a flailing literary newborn, but a little primer never hurts.
We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now three. But we didn't want them to escape your attention. So here they are -- 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between and , mostly in major U. Enjoy, and don't miss our other collections of free writings by Philip K.