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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

About the Author

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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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by Dr. Joseph Suglia, the Greatest Author in the World

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Writing was not one of David Foster Wallace's gifts. His métier was mathematics. David Foster Wallace was an absolutely dreadful writer of ponderous fictions and essays.

Wallace's essay-aggregate A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING THAT I WILL NEVER DO AGAIN (1997) contains a number of vexing difficulties that should be addressed. I will focus here upon the two essays that addressed subjects to which I was attracted: "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction" and "David Lynch Keeps His Head," a conspectus on the director's cinema before LOST HIGHWAY (1997).

In "E Unibus Pluram," Wallace warmly defends the Glass Teat in the way that only an American can. He sees very little wrong with television, other than the fact that it can become, in his words, a "malignant addiction," which does not imply, as Wallace takes pains to remind us, that it is "evil" or "hypnotizing" (38). Perish the thought.

Wallace exhorts American writers to watch television. Not merely should those who write WATCH television, Wallace contends; they should ABSORB television. Here is Wallace's inaugural argument (I will attempt to imitate his prose):

1. Writers of fiction are creepy oglers.
2. Television allows creepy, ogling fiction writers to spy on Americans and draw material from what they see.
3. Americans who appear on television know that they are being seen, so this is scopophilia, but not voyeurism in the classical sense.
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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 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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