Great mind delivers a branching, beautifully incongruous narrative with boundless cynicism and witty despair. If he and hitchens ever bred, the world would implode.
Hilarious - insightful - cutting straight to the bone. These are timeless essays, each poking into a hidden world: from behind-the-scenes porn stars, to simply a few old women from Ohio, reacting to 9/11. Those seem like they could fall culprit to easy cliches, but with DFW's brilliant observations and writing, everything seems fresh. This audiobook will go by instantly. Highly recommended if you like Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, David Rakoff and the like.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Anything by David Wallace is great, but specifically his two collections of nonfiction essays (this being one of them). The title piece is my personal favorite, but hearing him discuss the AVN awards is classic.
It's a couple of stories, so I'll just say it was both informative and entertaining.
His dry sense of humor.
The title story regarding the Lobster festival made me think differently regarding what I eat, specifically lobster..
This is a fantastic collection - and narrated by the Man himself pushes it over the edge of good into a "must listen".
It's disappointingly "abridged" - that's all the negative I've got to say.
Yes - I listened to "This is Water" and I saw him read live at a Barnes and Noble in NYC in the late 90s.
How does this compare? It's good. Very good.
I would recommend this audiobook. David Foster Wallace had a knack for insight that is rare. I was sad to see that this book was abridged. The essays were wonderful as always but it was over too soon.
David's reading was not the best I've heard. He's a little monotonous. But it was nice to hear his voice and it worked well enough for these essays.
I wanted to save this book for an upcoming car trip but I could help myself and I ended up listening to it all before I left!
the varied topics
knowing DFW has passed away and will never write again
the chapter on lobster
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