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I Am a Teamster fD ideasrom utter degradation and Heartlands fitting them back into the lineage of a culture of thorough humanist examination Calling DFW the last humanist is tempting but then I d bealling into the same traps of cynicism these essays made me believe it is possible to Alan Ford (Superstrip Alan Ford Trobroj free ourselvesromGood readers go into books looking Literature Circle Role Sheets for an honest uniue interpretation of someacet of genuine experience over the years I have Maines Visible Black History found myself searchingarther back into other cultures and other eras very distant The Vanishing from mineor that kind of Still Me fulfilling rounded perspective What A Supposedly Fun Thing has shown me is that while it is still an essential component of a dedicated humanist to understand the history of thought and expression especially in theace of the dulling warping aspects of rudderless progress and an increasingly Die Geschichte der Indianer Nordamerikas fragmented reality that there are outposts of sincerity of good nature representatives of the decent guys of the creative temperament hard at work chewing on the problems that haunt us me you this very day dealing with the stuff of our every days in terms that elevate them above the every day DFW in this book alone elevated tennis stateairs David Lynch television a week long cruise the athlete to the realm of eternal motif They re just working a lot harder being driven down tougher paths having to Mrs. Piggle Wiggles Farm fortify their honesty and sensitivity and steel themselves in theace of Beyond the Mist fragmentation to a greater degree DFW disabused me of the notion that I have to look outside of my own timesor some hero of the candid the honest the uniue and I think he would have considered that some sort of successOn a depressing note I understand now that the media hype that at Phemes Regret first so turned me off to the David Foster Wallace machine was in a great part due to his suicide Suicide makes everything momentous gives a retrospective ur meaning to all the aspects of a life imposes an immediate posterity on a creative human being s works I can tathom what it would have been like in 2008 had I known his work but I can sense the immense loss to our times that his passing has meant I mean imagine looking Pocket Guide to Scottish Words forward to Harper s experiential essays a complete Pale King laughter insights Overly sensitive souls run the risk of being so sensitive that all theyeel is pain and the weird and baroue regimen of drugs Wallace was on somehow did not dull this sensitivity this awareness and in some perverse way made him even representative of our times As I said before really insightful humor runs right along an abyss of terror things that uplift keep a dialogue with things that destroy us they inform and expand awareness in the other Somewhere early in the titular essay of this book Wallace goes on one of his Chimerica famousootnote digressions which also happens to be uite representative of his sense of humor and mode of observation about the despairing phenomenon of The Professional Smile I ll uote it at length the Professional Smile a national pandemic in the service industry You know this smile the strenuous contraction of circumoral Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story fascia wincomplete zygomatic involvement the smile that doesn t uite reach the smiler s eyes and that signifies nothing than a calculated attempt to advance the smiler s own interests by pretending to like the smilee Why do employers and supervisorsorce professional service people to broadcast the Professional Smile Am I the only consumer in whom high doses of such a smile produce despair Am I the only person who s sure that the growing number of cases in which totally average looking people suddenly open up with automatic weapons in shopping malls and insurance offices and medical complexes and McDonald ses is somehow causally related to the Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 fact that these venues are well known dissemination loci of the Professional SmileWho do they think they areooling by the Professional SmileAnd yet the Professional Smile s absence now also causes despair Anybody who s ever bought a pack of gum in Manhattan cigar store or asked The Tender Heart of Sadness for something to be stamped FRAGILE at a Chicago post office or tried to obtain a glass of waterrom a South Boston waitress knows well the soul crushing effect of a service worker s scowl ie the humiliation and resentment of being denied the Professional Smile And the Professional Smile has by now skewed even my resentment at the dreaded Professional Scowl I walk away The Probability Pad from the Manhattan tobacconist resenting not the counterman s character or absence of goodwill but his lack of professionalism in denying me the Smile What aucking mess I m confident David Foster Wallace was never giving us the Professional Smile Goodness gracious As much as I revere Wallace s Asking For It fiction his attempt to rescue American culturerom the despairing morass of self aware ironical knowingness his nonfiction is in another league The sheer cinematic exuberance the loating eye uality of these pieces is breathtaking and wonderful bringing the reader as deep into each experience as is textually possible and as close to Wallace as we can be on the pageHis iction has a surgical uality much like JG Ballard or Will Self whose own essay style mirrors Wallace s though proves less compelling than his iction bound up in high wire intellectual games which only connect when the reader is complicit in the clevernesses at the heart of these stories or serve "to undo the story by adding meta about iction writing itself And so metafictional "undo
the story by adding meta layers iction writing itself And so story by adding meta layers iction writing itself And so proxy An example would be the story Incarnations of Burned Children which on a deeper reading is a story about narrative positionPOV not the heartrending events depicted within So despite his work going or direct emotional shocks it is largely trapped in the craniumSo in this essay collection by making the ocus tangentially on Wallace himself as Soy Sisters filtered through the Illinois State Fair a revolting cruise ship or a tortured TV consumer the work has a deeply personal and directly emotionaleel and although not as ambitious as his attempt to depict the grand throbbing alive ness of life as in Infinite Jest the work shines and sings with a reader Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems friendly humour brio and natural warmth as well as the stylisheats of intelligence and logical probity that is his trademark PhewAn essential text A Womans Guide to Fasting for any serious reader of contemporary essays Judgingrom the traffic tie ups you see I m not the only one who slows down to gape at a car crash The temptation would be even greater somewhere like Beverly Hills with a Ferrari involved I suppose reading this book would Say You Still Love Me fall under a similar rubric gawking at a star betided by tragedyBy nearly all accounts mine and the MacArthur s included DFW was a genius This is all the obvious given the essayormat a good way to highlight his gift He saw big pictures as his social commentary and cultural critiues made clear He could also drill down to subtle human uirks which though remote are still recognizable after he pointed them out I m sure his genius extended beyond my comprehension of it too especially with his philosophical musings Though one of his goals was to lead readers to aha moments of insight he never talked down to anyone to get thereThe subjects were varied covering topics like tennis as a regionally ranked junior player he knew the sport well television the Illinois State Fair literary theory and cruise ship excursions You get the eeling he could write about anything though and it would all be brilliant He could vary his tone too alternating between professorial sardonic insightful and unny I guess in popular parlance you d call him a hipster but he seemed a little less edgy and a little caring than others of that ilk Now that I think about it I shouldn t even try to categorize such a multifaceted and uniue individualOne passage in the book struck me as particularly good From what I ve seen it was one of his recurring themes It has to do with irony and irreverence as a rhetorical mode Turns out Alpha and Omega fun as it may beor a time he views it all as ultimately unfulfilling With an ironist s repertoire of criticism and destruction there s rarely anything constructive to replace the hypocrisies it debunks Consistent with that in an interview I just read he spoke disparagingly of all the arch pomo attitude there is these days So why did he do it To be honest I really didn t read this looking I Know Who You Are for clues It s hard not to think of hisate though when he talked so honestly about despair and Spring Girl fighting the urge to throw himself off the ship that he otherwise wrote so playfully about in the title piece I suppose depression and bad chemistry were the clinical reasons but it s natural to wonder what within his outlook he might have revealed to tip his hand Did he simply think too much and in increasingly inward ways Was he too keenly aware of how different he was Even hisriends may not know What I do know is that they miss him That includes Menerjang Batas friends he never met those he connected with through his works We might also conclude that the essayormat is a way to see the curse of his genius too with hints of alienation in a world of average intelligence and a hyper awareness of Chosen Vessels flaws including his ownWhen an essay jumps right in saying that In the 1960s the poststructuralist metacritics came along and turned literary aesthetics on its head by rejecting assumptions their teachers had held as self evident and making the whole business of interpreting texts way complicated byusing theories of creative discourse with hardcore positions in metaphysics you know you re in No Apology Necessary for a challengeYou get really used toootnotes in a DFW essay Maybe it s just the way a really smart person s mind works they can go on The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag for hours with the asides their active nogginslit to discursively disrupting the linear Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) flow but in interesting ways You get a lot of long sentences with him too I say hoping it s without irony as Ilatter him with imitation in yet another nested aside. Udźmi oraz Girl With Curious Hair Poza beletrystyką zajmował się eseistyką Studiował Whoops! filologię angielską iilozofię Otrzymał MacArthur Fellowship i wiele innych nagród Największą sławę przyniosła mu licząca ponad tysiąc stron powieść Infinite Jest 1996 w 2005 roku magazyn „Time” uznał ją za jedną ze stu najlepszych anglojęzycznych powieści od czasów założenia czasopisma w 1923 r „Los Angeles Times” nazwał Wallace’a w 2008 roku jednym z najbardziej wpływowych i innowacyjnych pisarzy minionych dwudziestu lat David Foster Wallace który przez wiele lat zmagał się z depresją zmarł śmiercią samobójczą 12 września 2008 roku W 2015 roku nakładem Wydawnictwa WAB ukazała się po polsku pierwsza jego książka Krótkie wywiady z paskudnymi ludźmi W przygotowaniu są kolejne tytuły Oblivion i Infinite Jestźródło opisu strona wydawnictw.
David Foster Wallace Ä 1 CHARACTERSOn of all that hype both laudatory and inverse that had prompted that overwhelming Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. favoritismI needn t have worriedOf course this isn t IJ and trust me when I say that that particular megalodon is not saferom a The Sheep Book future reread However it is DFW and this collection of nonfiction has plenty of dots connecting over to theictional bents math tennis debilitating awareness of self and that keen eye of tangential cross sections of life and literature that raises the age I currently live in to something not uite art but interesting enough to hold its own against the sea of classics and other eclectica that usually Desires Command fills my escapist needs In other words DFW liked a lot of the things I do and wrote about them in such a way that makes me likes liking them which doesn t happen so often when your main interests include engineering level calculations sociocultural treatises and hardcore critical theory ofictioning The best part of DFW is he can carry across all that in a manner both big worded and esoteric taking the subject seriously in the complex systems rather than the ivory tower sense of the word For example he convinced me to try out David Lynch without ever straining my interest levels or coming off as an asshole an achievement greatly added by his obvious enjoyment of the guy s movies DFW may have had some extremely heavy interests but all that academic jargoning andor molasses with a noticeable veneer of you re sure you re good enough punk Nada zero zilch Poof Did I mention he s hilarious in ways ranging Invisible (Invisible, from erudite tounny as కాశీ మజిలీ కథలు [Kasi Majili Kathalu] fuckilth Let me say it againAnd that retention of his I am a Earth firm believer in his 500000 bits of discrete information statement as well as his ability to contextualize anything anywhere at any speed seenit The sections in the titular essay succeeding an overindulgence in caffeine are especially demonstrative but only by a hair It s this hypersensitive intake valve combined with a strong desire to share that s resulting in my not giving DFW crap Get Up for throwing out the politically correct word and being so white and male and American in general Not everyone has my viciously obsessive interest in social justice so I will simply state that he s aware when it counts and move onBesides that Unibus Pluram Television and US Fiction essay Genius in the my life makes so much sense right now gist of the word Accuse me ofavoritism but that little piece of work made up TABU for every niggling twinge and then some Finally there remains theact that I discovered DFW and his writing after September 12 2008 What writings there are now are all the writings that remain Ready, Okay! for myuture readings Thus I have decided to ration my DFW intake Changing Corina for one work per year a cycle that began with IJ and will last not nearly long enough Here s to you David Foster Wallace I ll never meet you but I will remember Oh David I miss you with a plangency that belies theact that I never met you never would have You were and are and will always be such a serious Beetle in the Anthill force in my life I ve read this two or three times and aew weeks after DFW died I picked it up again almost on a whim I d been having trouble Mr. Drackle And His Dragons finding something to sink my teeth into I rejected Anna Kavan William Vollmann and Fellipe Alfau in short order and I kind of pulled this book without thinking about the timing refusing to consider myself one of the jumpers on someone needing desperately to reread an author right after his sudden shocking death I mean I ve read all his books before right So I should be able to revisit them whenever I want withouteeling like a scenester wannabeI didn t remember much about this one except a weird snippet about playing tennis in a tornado So try to picture my shock in the early pages of the very Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales first essay when I came upon this On board the Nadir especially at night when all the ship s structuredun and reassurances and gaiety noise ceased I Church in the Making felt despair The word s overused and banalified now despair but it s a serious word and I m using it seriously For me it denotes a simple admixture a weird yearningor death combined with a crushing sense of my own smallness and Divine Grace (Divine Creek Ranch, futility that presents as aear of death It s maybe close to what people call dread or angst But it s not these things uite It s like wanting to die in order to escape the unbearable Kept feeling of becoming aware that I m small and weak and selfish and going without any doubt at all to die It s wanting to jump overboardCut to me hair blowing crazy in the wind outside my apartment with a cigarette in my hand and tears streaming down myaceSo you know I don t know what to say It really was very hard The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, for me to get through this reading withouteeling like a stupid bandwagon jumper It really was very hard not to notice all the despair slyly threaded throughout these essays intermixed with the jokes the seriousness the brilliance But even while doing all that noticing I kept second guessing and scolding myself or overemphasizing something that only now seems true in retrospect I mean if he d come out of the closet recently "instead everyone would be piecing together clues rom his oeuvre about his homosexual tendencies you know I m having "everyone would be piecing together clues Camp Tiger from his oeuvre about his homosexual tendencies you know I m having explaining this but I guess I have a serious problem with how the soul baring ness of the autobiographical writer leads to this tacit agreement that readers can poke their noses between the lines toigure out than the writer is telling But then WTF these things are actually there Right I just kept looping myself around and around not Kings of Nowhere feeling comfortable with anything I thought about anything So whatever This book is ungodlyantastic the The Golden Couple fact that he is gone is so goddamn devastating the whole thing is beautiful awful but mostly justucking awful If anyone is still reading or cares here are some thoughts the individual essaysThe title essay and Getting
*Away rom Already Being Pretty Much Away rom It All are *from Being Pretty Much Away Hotarul Nestatornic (La Medeleni, from It All are Hilarious too which is something we sometimesorget about DFW given how super serious intellectual he is In Greatly Exaggerated he is so The King of Spades fucking smart that I couldn t even read the essay because I am not and never will be his intellectual eual E Unibus Pluram on the other hand wa This myirst experience reading David Foster Wallace disabused me of a ew prejudices that in retrospect seem shamefully naive one of which being that objects of the American Media Hype Machine are necessarily mediocre I believed that there had to be something vapid or cheap or sensationalist about things or persons that become loci of the intellectual creative next voice of our generation ballyhoo It s tough not to be cynical The whole zeitgeist of our times is cynicism aloofness a disdain of sensitivity bordering on neurosis and I mean a healthy cultured sensitivity one nurtured in restraint and consideration and taste not an emo ish horticulturally cultivated ive o clock shadow thick glasses staring pensively over a latte and word document always always in public in sight of the pretty girls sensitivity Fight Clubs Heartbreaking Works of Staggering Geniuses American Psychos if these are the voices of our times let me be an anachronism In my narrow mindedness I lumped DFW in with these other bright young things iguring he was another spoiled product of moneyed media saturated hipper than thou America wielding an a priori standoffishness as crutch and sword It s what I d come to expect of popular entertainment as a whole I don t mean Harry PotterGirl with the X tattoo lit stuff that is immensely popular but actually has redeeming actors and is based in a solid tradition of plot earnest character development involved drama etc but stuff that was supposed to represent the intellectual undercurrents of what it is to be a living mind in America in the early twenty Faith in the Fog of War first century you know edgy stuff McSweeney s has someunny t shirts but in the end all the irony can be ucking despairing Contrived coolness ultraviolence representing god knows what involuted sexual obsessions as supposed comment on middle class repression and ennui or some nonsense solipsistic unearned irst person memoiric explorations of what am I in this crazy work a day world it keeps on piling up to a vomitous apogee and I Bodice Rippers find myself sayinguck it and reading Proust or Walser or Pessoa or Flaubert just so I can E-mail Websites fucking breath just toeel someone expressing something honest and with an unmanufactured postureEnter DFW I can t comment on Infinite Jest a book Start to veggie for another day when I again have surplus hours to give to a tome hopefully soon but A Supposedly Fun Thing cuts through all of my above complaints like a glowingly hot knife through butter It has come to be the ubiuitous descriptor of Wallace that he was a decent guy androm what I can glean Photo Letterings One Line Manual of Styles from this collection of essays the shoeits and is there really a higher compliment but in addition to his essential decency involving empathy kindness a bullshit detector always set on 11 the keenest eye Good Boy for a telling detail I ve encountered in books of my times it is the way he subsumes the alienating cheapening aspects of our culture into his vast intellect deconstructs them into their vital parts analyzes their components and restructures them into a completely non ironicunny as hell and enlightening statement about what it is to be a human being And my god the humor in this book Never before have I bitten my lip to bleeding so many times attempting to restrain outright bursts of mad laughter reading this in public And it s consistent And underneath the laughter is that certain lattice within modern humor at its best Bo Knows Bo, Autobiography of a Ballplayer form and I m thinking of like Louis CK here or Mitch Hedberg or Bill Hicks where the laughter is ringing above a potential abyss and that humor and the transformation of creeping despair into something luminous are the only ways of redeeming contemporary things an. Sejach daje się poznać jako wybitny oryginalny pisarz wrażliwy na absurdy otaczającej nas rzeczywistości Charakterystyczny i zaraźliwy styl pana Wallace’a czyni jego pisarstwo wielce zajmującym dla czytelnika niezależnie od wybranego tematu – „The New York Times” David Foster Wallace wyczuciem kolokwializmów mógłby zawstydzić swoich mistrzów Pynchona i DeLillo a trzeźwość sądów którą wnosi do wybranych przez siebie tematów –ikcyjnych albo rzeczywistych – powinny służyć za wzór każdemu kto para się krytyką niezależnie jaką ormę przybiera –„Publishers Weekly” David Foster Wallace 1962 2008 – pisarz amerykański zaliczany do grona najwybitniejszych postmodernistów schyłku XX wieku Autor doskonale przyjętych powieści Infinite Jest oraz The Broom of the System a także zbiorów opowiadań Oblivion Krótkie wywiady z paskudnymi He picked up a book he read the book it was him all over the best version of himself and the worst what is postmodernism really is it a way to understand the world to define the world to separate yourself rom the world when you are actually a part of that world a part of the so called problem you want to put a layer between you and the world you are so much apart Dads Boys, Vol. 1 from it right an unwilling participant in all of those repulsive patriarchal and terminally corny signs and signifiers things that disgust you it s notair just because you happen to have the misfortune to be born straight white male and as they say privileged you need the distance the alienation the angst of being someone something anything apart because you know you are different right you just know it you enjoy things and yet you don t enjoy them you enjoy not enjoying them your layer of hipster irony protects you and maybe Devoured fulfills you and you will never admit that you self deprecate in your own egotistical way you are the boss of you no one can take that away everything is so corny andull of bullshit surely they must see that and yet there must be truth there if you look Economics for it you tell yourself that you write a book a great book about life and love and living and loving etc you write a book or imagine yourself writing a book it is not this book this book is all about the unimportant things the annoying things theake shit and all the bullshit does it satisfy you not really so you read a book you The History of Christian Doctrine feel better let the irony take over it comforts you you are not angry not angry at all you laugh at all thatake shit all the bullshit angry is a hot emotion you don t Wound Care feel those at least not any you go to a movie set Lost Highway you try to keep an open mind but it is allake it is all bullshit there are too many assholes in the world and yet the director at the center of it all is not Yourowquains fake he is not bullshit he s not an asshole does he understand something about life that you do not what does he understand what does he know you want to know he is just being himself and you don t understand that or maybe you do it all makes you deeply uncomfortableyou go to aair you go on a cruise both are depressing but Beretta Pistols funny the kind ofunny that you can only sheepishly admit perhaps you are a part of the problem it is people who look just like you who created this world that you despise you try to enjoy the Grateful Dead 1977 fair you try to enjoy the cruise you take enjoymentrom your lack of enjoyment you write a book a collection of short works at times even a personal narrative that s the phrase right you personally inject yourself into the narrative into this ridiculous world you Patriots and Tyrants (Grandchildren of Liberty feel better but not reallyuck this life Trying Not to Love You fuck this earth there is only one way to live in this life and that is through the glass of irony a postmodernorm of protection the strongest barrier it will protect you just breathe you know you can do it it s not so badmy name is mark i m not white not really only half white does that count as white i don t Engaged with the Boss (Situation: Christmas, feel white however thateels i am bisexual no really i veer gay if that it makes it easier to swallow oh and i wasn t born in this country this US of Forever Across The Marsh fucking A and hey what s money i ve never had it i ll never get it and who theuck is David Foster Wallace i dunno he s some dude that everyone jacks off to apparently i have a Ramadan and Id Al-Fitr friend named Benji a golden lad at least in my mind i look at him through the lense of my veryirst impression orever ingrained he is nothing like DFW once he talked ABOUT HOW HE DOESN T SEE how he doesn t see or class or sexuality because he s never had to he was raised by good progressives he was raised to love life nice life he talked about how he wished everyone could be like him not white or straight or a guy or rom money or whatever but able to look at things like they were and not let all the bullshit get them down and so just live not assign guilt or blame just to understand or try to and then move on not judge you know it should be easy life should be easy why isn t it i listened to him say these things and i thought i wish i wish i could be that way you are so naive Benji i Practical Strategies for Academic Library Managers fucking hate you iucking love you DFW is the opposite of Benji and yet and yet is the difference merely a uestion of awareness of critical distance i can t imagine being a person like Benji being that blithe now Benji could enjoy a county Little Boy fair an awful cruise he could enjoy it without irony i think certainly without that underlyingeeling of sadness and yep i won t pretend without the condescending irritation at the Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution futility of all theseucking gestures the ake shit and the bullshit the power imbalances the need to make orm eual meaning i love Benji but i m not sure i understand him so why do i understand David Foster Wallace he is nothing like me he is like Benji straight white male money not a problem what do i have in common with David Foster Wallace nothing the idea is ludicrous and yet and yet why do i read him and The Longest Line feel like i am reading my own thoughts right there on the page my own thoughts staring back at me A Definitely Awesome Thing that I ll Most Certainly Read AgainFull disclosure Ielt the smallest twinge of disappointment as I read these essays not because of the uality therein there s hardly any disappointment to be had there but because it dawned on me that Infinite Jest a book that I had spent the better part of February and March slaving over and worshipping was not in Smoke and Mirrors fact some work of genius that grew out of the side of DFW s head and broke off one night in ait of divinely inspired creativity but actually that IJ was a long arduous work that came about as a result of years of writing and rewriting as DFW honed his craft those winding serpentine sentences that wrap around massive stores of information and unravel bea I have Kitsune Matsuri, The Open Gateway felt as bleak as I veelt since puberty and have 100 Reasons to Panic About Getting Married filled almost three Mead notebooks trying toigure out whether it was Them or Just Me By The Artful Avocado far myavorite review of this book and one of my Athletic Shorts favorite reviews on this site is Geoff s energetic paean So Iind it somewhat ironic that setting out to write my own review I am Living With M.E. forced to begin with the opposite moral do not trust the American hype machine This is not because everything popular is bad nor because of any Orwellian or Adornoesue suspicions of mass manipulation This is ratheror the v this book made me wet myself twice i wish to god i was exaggerating or elderly but poor dfw on a cruise ship no one has ever paired genius with social awkwardness charminglycome to my blog This summer I got this book rom the library I started on the cruise ship story and soon realized I would want my very own copy to dogear underline and do other dirty booknerd things toDavid Foster Wallace you are were genius I think I may be in love with you I love your ootnotes I Wrote This For You and Only You footnotes that rangerom a simple duh or to 2 page long ootnotes that have ootnotes themselves Not
a lot of authors could get away with that but you my love can Couldlot of authors could get away with that but you my love can Could WhateverAs I stated "THE FIRST PART OF THIS BOOK "first part of this book read was A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never do again What a delectable read Your gift The Boy Who Knew Everything for detail so rich crisp clear hilarious delicious repulsive INCREDIBLE I m so smitten with you it s unbelievable I d leave my husbandor you 1I never in my days wanted to go to a state Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine, May 1958 (Vol. 31, No. 7) fair but I willingly went with you in this book and was amazed Without your guidance through theairgrounds I would have never gone And without stepping The Tanith Gambit (Space Viking Legacy, foot there I could smell the livestock the sweaty masses of people the greasyood Your detail rocks my world Your amazing observations you make me tingle And I enjoyed the hell out of my trip to the The World of Lazarus fair Thank youI could kiss you DFW 2 Instead I ll read everything of yours I can get my hands on Then I ll push it on any of myriends and Death is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse, family until they are sick of me raving about you And once I have read everything you wrote I ll read them again and again 3Yet in all these stories there s this underlying stench of depression and loneliness that truly breaks my heart Maybe having been visited by the black cloud of depression myself Ieel you 4I m so very sorry you left the worldI m so very glad you left us with something amazing1 only if my husband left me Learning from an Unimportant Minority first 1a1a and if you weren t dead2 but I can t because you are dead you sonofabitch3 because your punk ass had to commit suicide and there will be no DFW stuff out there you jerk 3a3a Iind this depressing as hell thank you very much 3b3b Not because you care David Foster Wallace because you are dead 3c3c Now I m mad at you 3d3d But I still love you4 Oh and Introduccion a la Etica Cristiana feel you I would if you were still breathing One of my obsessive habits on Goodreads involves comparing books with others If you re one of myriends chances are I ve clicked the little button on your homepage an average of three times sometimes if you have a particularly large library looking at you HadrianKris co Throughout my nearly two weeks of reading this book the prim and peppy currently reading would show up next to a record number of gleaming Death Goddess Dance (The Mythos War, five stars up near the tippy top if listed in order of rating In short I am amongst good companyIt s been nearly three years since I added Infinite Jest into rank andile almost one since I pulled the beast out of the depths of one of the massive university libraries I read it at school I carted it back home Ruth for the holidays andinished in the kind of stricken rhapsody of composition that I ve been chasing ever since Said ever since included coming to terms with IJ s reputation replete with tales of pretentious woe ballads of Ludell fiendish glee and the moribund crossroads between the two embodied in theorm of hipster lists It s likely that I held off Colour for so long on coming back to DFWor The Longest Raid of the Civil War fear ofinding out that I really hadn t adored all that much and it was the internalizati. Kolejna po Krótkich wywiadach z paskudnymi ludźmi książka legendarnego amerykańskiego pisarza nareszcie po polskuGorzka i wnikliwa analiza ubóstwa intelektualnego oferty telewizyjnej miażdżąca krytyka twórczości Davida Lyncha brawurowy opis szkolnych mistrzostw sportowych oraz godny Mrożka reportaż z tygodniowego rejsu luksusowym liniowcem na Karaiby – w zbiorze swoich siedmiu esejów David Foster Wallace żongluje tematami i stylistyką Nie tracąc nic ze swojego charakterystycznego stylu urzeka celnością spostrzeżeń ironią dowcipem i intelektualnym rozmachem Granica między dyskursem akademickim a literackim jest tu nieuchwytna a zakres tematów szeroki i zaskakujący Pozornie chaotyczne a jednak precyzyjne teksty które zyskały uznanie na całym świecie zachwycą nie tylko miłośników prozy Wallace’a Autor kultowej powieści Infinite Jest również w