Both Flesh and Not: Essays Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0316214698
ISBN-10: 0316214698
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From Booklist

This posthumous volume, appearing in the wake of D. T. Max’s much-discussed biography of Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story (2012), gathers 15 previously uncollected essays. Six are book reviews, 3 discuss the contemporary state or art of writing, 2 address tennis, and 1 is about Terminator 2. The remainder cover a range of Wallace’s wide-eyed, “isn’t it weird we take things like ad space at the U.S. Open for granted” subjects and scarily astute criticism. Published originally between 1988 and 2007, these essays demonstrate Wallace’s interdisciplinary approach to both pop culture and abstruse academic discourse. For instance, his formal training in symbolic logic informs his opinion of two, in-his-opinion awful, math novels, Philibert Schogt’s The Wild Numbers (2000) and Apostolos Doxiadis’ Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture (2000), while his familiarity with the actual life and cranium-crunching philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein lends perspective to his appreciation of David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress (1988). For Wallace devotees, these essays are required reading. For everyone else, they’re sometimes tough to get into but entirely worth the exertion. --Diego Báez

From Bookforum

Both Flesh and Not is David Foster Wallace at his best and his worst, but the thing about Wallace’s best was that it usually contained his worst... If he’s not going to court the reader, he’s going to hold him in contempt. And you’re going to listen to him because his is the most colossal intelligence in the room. —Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Product details

  • File Size: 1657 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGSJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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