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A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again David Foster Wallace Made Quite A Splash In 1996 With His Massive Novel, Infinite Jest Now He S Back With This Collection Of Essays In Addition To A Razor Sharp Writing Style, Wallace Has A Mercurial Mind That Lights On Many Subjects His Seven Essays Travel From A State Fair In Illinois To A Cruise Ship In The Caribbean, Explore How Television Affects Literature And What Makes Film Auteur David Lynch Tick, And Deconstruct Deconstructionism And Find The Intersection Between Tornadoes And Tennis.These Eclectic Interests Are Enhanced By An Eye And Nose For Detail I Have Seen Sucrose Beaches And Water A Very Bright Blue I Have Seen An All Red Leisure Suit With Flared Lapels I Have Smelled What Suntan Lotion Smells Like Spread Over 21,000 Pounds Of Hot Flesh It S Evident That Wallace Revels In Both The Life Of The Mind And The Peculiarities Of His Fellows In A Supposedly Fun Thing I Ll Never Do Again He Celebrates Both.


10 thoughts on “A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again

  1. says:

    Oh David I miss you with a plangency that belies the fact that I never met you, never would have You were and are and will always be such a serious force in my life I ve read this two or three times, and a few weeks after DFW died I picked it up again, almost on a whim I d been having trouble 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 m Oh David I miss you with a plangency that belies the fact that I never met you, never would have You were and are and will always be such a serious force in my life I ve read this two or three times, and a few weeks after DFW died I...


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    this book made me wet myself twice i wish to god i was exxagerating or elderly but poor dfw on a cruise ship no one has ever paired genius with social awkwardnesscharmingly.


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    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 from 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 from it, right an unwilling participant in all of those repulsive patriarchal and terminally corny signs and signifie he picked up a book he read the book it was him all over the best version of himself and the worst what...


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    This, my first experience reading David Foster Wallace, disabused me of a few 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 c...


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    This summer I got this book from 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 to.David Foster Wallace, you are were genius I think I may be in love with you I love your footnotes footnotes that range from a simple duh or to 2 page long footnotes that have footnotes themselves Not a lot of authors could get away with that, but you, my love, can Could Did Whatever.As I stated This summer I got this book from 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 to.David Foste...


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    A Definitely Awesome Thing that I ll Most Certainly Read AgainFull disclosure I felt the smallest twinge of disappointment as I read these essays not because of the quality 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 fact some work of genius that grew out of the side of DFW s head and broke off one night in a fit of divinely insp A Definitely Awesome Thing that I ll Most Certainly Read AgainFull disclosure I felt the smallest twinge of disappointment as I read these essays not because of the quality 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 fact some work of genius that grew out of the side of DFW s head and broke off one night in a fit of divinely inspired creativity, but actually that IJ was a long, arduous work that came about as a result of years...


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    One of myobsessive habits on Goodreads involves comparing books with others If you re one of my friends, chances are I ve clicked the little button on your homepage an average of three times, sometimesif you have a particularly large library looking at you, Hadrian Kris 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 five stars, up near the tippy top if listed in order of rating One of myobsessive habits on Goodreads involves comparing books with others If you re one of my friends, chances are I ve clicked the little button on your homepage an average of three times, sometimesif you have a particularly large library looking at you, Hadrian Kris 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 five stars, up near the tippy top if listed in order of rating In short, I am amongst good company.It s been nearly three years since I added Infinite Jest into rank and file, almost one since I pulled the beast out of the depths of one...


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    I have felt as bleak as I ve felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me. By far my favorite review of this book and one of my favorite reviews on this site is Geoff s energetic paean So I find it somewhat ironic that, setting out to write my o...


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    Goodness gracious As much as I revere Wallace s fiction his attempt to rescue American culture from the despairing morass of self aware ironical knowingness his nonfiction is in another league The sheer cinematic exuberance, the floating eye quality 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 page.His fiction has a surgical quality, much like J.G Ballard or Will Self Goodness gracious As much as I revere Wallace s fiction his attempt to rescue American culture from the despairing morass of self aware ironical knowingness his nonfiction is in another league The sheer cinematic exuberance, the floating eye quality of these pieces is breathtaking and ...


  10. says:

    A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again is a brilliant collection of essays and arguments This collection was published in 1997 exactly one year after Infinite Jest and is comprised of articles previously published from 1990 to 1996 in several different publications His topics are tennis, television, a state fair, literary theory, David Lynch, and a luxury cruise It doesn t matter if you are especially interested in these things or not, because you will be 1 Derivative Sport in Tornado A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again is a brilliant collection of essays and arguments This collection was published in 1997 exactly one year after Infinite Jest and is comprised of articles previously published from...