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Consider The Lobster: Essays and Arguments: And Other Essays (edition 2007)

by David Foster Wallace

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Title:Consider The Lobster: Essays and Arguments: And Other Essays
Authors:David Foster Wallace
Info:Abacus (2007), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 352 pages
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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

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This isn't a review of the essays, because they're obviously incredible, but just to say that I listened to this as an audio book on a long car ride and it was such a great experience. I definitely recommend it, whether you've already read this collection or not. I know audio books are a contentious method of "reading" but sometimes they're necessary. There's only so much radio you can listen to in one stretch. It was even read by David Foster Wallace, with a funny work around for the footnotes. He's always amazing, but getting to actually hear him read his work made it all the better. And it made a long, boring car ride much more interesting. So...just think about it. ( )
  cattylj | Feb 28, 2015 |
Questo è il primo testo di Wallace che mi capita tra le mani, scelto per le critiche positive e per il titolo. I saggi sono curiosi; alcuni fin troppo accurati nella loro ricerca e tendono a scadere nella pedanteria. Non si puo' negare una cura attentissima all'uso dei lemmi e delle costruzioni linguistiche - e la traduzione sembra aver assecondato le esigenze dell'autore. Lettura consigliatissima, laddove si sia disposti a saltare qualche pagina troppo tecnica - sopratutto nell'ultimo saggio. Il primo del libro, sul festival del cinema porno, rimane invece un must. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Four intelligent and witty essays. I liked best the review of the sports star autobriography genre and the report from a porn film award festival. The title essay about a lobster festival and how the author experienced 9-11 were ok. The book made me want to read more by Wallace. ( )
  ohernaes | Nov 12, 2014 |
The title essay is the only one even vaguely worth reading, and it is about three stars. In its favour is also that there are few footnotes, and the main text mostly stays at a readable size. I have not read the essays that have been printed in a wild variety of font sizes out of respect for my eyes. I should have passed on the others out of respect for my brain. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Sep 14, 2014 |
*Big Red Son
*Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think
*Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed
*Authority and American Usage
*The View from Mrs. Thompson's
*How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart
*Up, Simba
*Consider the Lobster
*Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky
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  bmac33 | Jun 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316013323, Paperback)

Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

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For this collection, Wallace immerses himself in the three-ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talk show featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that looks good only on the radio. Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humor? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? Wallace answers these questions and more.--From publisher description."Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In these pages he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. His quest takes him into the three-ring circus of a presidential race to ask, among other urgent questions, why it is that the circles journalists walk in while whispering into their cell phones are always counterclockwise. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary. He plunges into the wars among dictionary writers, deconstructing once and for all the battles between descriptivists and prescriptivists. And he talks his way into an LA radio studio, bearing buckets of fried chicken, to get an uncensored view of a conservative talk show and its alarmingly attired host."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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