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Postmodern short stories from Wallace satirize the absurdities of contemporary pop culture.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In assessing this book, comparisons with Don DeLillo, Tom Robbins, and Robert Coover seem accurate, for Wallace is playful, idiomatically sharp, and intellectually engage. Overwhelming in his long, torrential sentences and his wit, he at times subjects us to overwritten, almost showy, passages, but his talent is undeniable. Included in this collection is a novella that examines, among other things, post-modernism. His (generally overlong) stories explore popular culture through the lives of a variety of characters: a lesbian with a three-year winning streak on Jeopardy, an actress anxious about appearing on David Letterman, a wealthy Republican yuppie who has a disturbing connection with some punk rockers; and Lyndon Johnson in a closeup that shows how well a historical figure can be used in fiction. Impressive in scope and savvy.
- Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is not s read for the summer beach! It requires concentration, attention and a need to be totally present in the moment! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
I had read part of Wallace's "The Pale King" – I picked up the book at the library and it fell open at a passage which was so painfully true to a part of my own family that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AYJ
David Foster Wallace delivers some beautiful commentary on modern culture through fiction. While some readers may find these stories difficult to get through, it's worth the effort... Read morePublished 10 months ago by dictionaryfan
I'm sort of sad to finish this, it's the last of Wallace's fiction I haven't read. This collection, in a lot of ways, contains the seeds for all of Wallace's future novels and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jafrank
this book changed the way i view literature, in a way that few books have. It opened my eyes to new possibilities in writing and made me want to try a fiction class. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Metz
I truly enjoyed this book. It was not easy to read, a little bit flat in some places, especially the last story, but well worth it. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by ariamohsclever
After finishing David Foster Wallace's Girl With Curious Hair, I had to step back awhile before reviewing in fear I would simply come across as an overzealous cheerleader yelling... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by ConcupusAl