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Dan

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  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Lipsky
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Danny Campbell
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    (70)
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    In David Lipsky's view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace's pieces for Harper's magazine in the '90s were, according to Lipsky, like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming.

    Darwin8u says: "Leapin' Over That Wall of Self"
    "Worth it for the serious Wallace fan only"
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    I love DFW, and have read or listened to almost everything he wrote. If you're looking for a Wallace listen, I'd probably go with Consider the Lobster if you're up for non-fiction, or else Girl with Curious Hair or Brief Interviews with Hideous Men if you're looking for fiction.

    For those of us obsessed with Wallace, AOCYEUBY is a worthwhile, interesting listen, which provides a great window into the inner Wallace. It also made me interested to read more by David Lipsky.

    But for anyone who's not already obsessed with Wallace, I just can't imagine why you'd spend your time on this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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