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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Paperback – February 1, 2010

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It's the kind of book you can't even put down while brushing your teeth. He's damn good. I take my hat off to him. GUARDIAN Enviably good. SUNDAY TIMES Like sea air, David Foster Wallace is so bracing. GLASGOW HERALD Brilliant. MAXIM

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David Foster Wallace is the author of the novels THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM (Abacus pb August 1997) and INFINITE JEST (L,B hb 1996, Abacus pb June 1997) and the short story collection GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR (Abacus pb November 1997)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (UK) (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349110018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349110011
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Foster Wallace wrote the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes the essay collections Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and the full-length work Everything and More.  He died in 2008.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maniwero on May 20, 2013
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The title story is a true work of art. It is a piercing paranoical review of modern pop culture. Wallace's writing is pure beauty, words dance with imagery.
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By Dr JS Ross on July 5, 2013
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Love his voice and his observations. What a shame that he isnt still around. Maybe I will even try the magnum opus somtime!
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By carlos on May 19, 2013
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That Foster Wallace is a knowledgeable, cryptic, original and mutiphasetic author is no news, as revealed by the depth with which he addresses the numerous and diverse subjects he writes about. This book is a mixed salad of dissimilar subjects, and the title refers to just one of them The Suppposedly Fun Thing is one of the best satires I ever read, possibly because, same as the author, I would never thimk of joining one of those hideous Caribbean Cruises. I really enjoyed it a lot. The David Lynch essay must be wonderful for Lynchphilliacs but not so for the average film medium- knowledgeable reader.I occasionally like watching a tennis match, but found so many pages of tennismania essentially boring, same as the essays on journalism and TV. But the Fun Thing is terrific and worthwhile buying the book just to read that.
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the book itself was brand new. It arrived on time in safe packaging. I LOVE David Foster Wallace. He IS wordy, but the descriptions are spot on! Thanks! john
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ripper James on September 13, 2012
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I love the humanity of DFW's approach to journalism. He balances self-consciousness with the confidence of someone who has mastered his craft; he reveals just enough of his personality to keep me enthralled with the story and with the human who's telling it. I love his short fiction, too; it does get dark, however, so if you'd rather experience the lighter side of a great observer read "A Supposedly Fun Thing."
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