Search Results: "David Foster Wallace"


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THE LEGACY OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE by Samuel Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2012

"The eyes of general readers will glaze reading the lit-crit, blaze (and redden) reading the writers' eulogies."
A potpourri of a literary collection—from exegeses to eulogies—all in memory and honor of Wallace (1962-2008). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Too many detours confuse this account of an inspiring achievement."
Sports Illustrated senior editor Gorant (Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, 2010, etc.) recounts the tale of a rescue dog who became a world champion Frisbee dog and a mascot for pit bulls. Read full book review >

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OBLIVION by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2004

"One of our best young writers just keeps getting better."
Media overkill and other forms of contemporary paranoia and mendacity take their lumps in this third collection from the brainy postmodernist author (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

This collection of essays by hot novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest, 1996, etc.) is sometimes tiresome but often truly rewarding. Read full book review >

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BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1999

"Still, Wallace is a witty guide to the fragmented, paranoid Way We Live Now, someone perhaps poised to become the 21st-century's Robert Benchley or James Thurber—both a frightening and a beguiling prospect."
A stimulating, if intermittently opaque, collection of discursive stories and even less fully fictionalized humorous pieces from the savvy-surrealistic author of Infinite Jest (1996), etc. Though few of the tales here contain conventionally developed characters or narrative situations, most feature instantly recognizable generic figures. Read full book review >

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CONSIDER THE LOBSTER by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 12, 2005

"Should Wallace suggest an article on the behavior of a sack of hammers, the smart editor will give him a fat advance and all expenses paid."
Another savory, hard-thinking, wildly imaginative collection of essays and observations from the artful Wallace (Oblivion, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 1989

"In all, the work of a prodigious but still developing talent too much impressed with his own gifts and with some current critical theory."
Wallace follows his debut novel (The Broom of the System, 1986) with this collection of nine stories and a John Barthian novella. Read full book review >

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THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1986

"Despite flashes of real genius, it's a heady Animal House vision."
This unusual debut, the first novel to be published simultaneously in hard-cover and as a paperback in Penguin's "Contemporary American Fiction" series, suffers from a severe case of manic impressiveness. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2007 by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2007

"Reliable and yet still surprising—the best of the best."
The 2007 edition of the now-venerable series. Read full book review >

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BOTH FLESH AND NOT by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Not altogether Wallace's finest work, but it brings some welcome exposure to some of his best pieces."
Previously uncollected essays and reportage by the late author, reflecting his varied interests, from tennis to Borges to higher math. Read full book review >

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THE PALE KING by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"Unfinished or no, it's worth reading this long, partly shaped novel just to get at its best moments, and to ponder what Wallace, that excellent writer, would have done with the book had he had time to finish it himself."
Rollicking postmodern romp, by the late cult-favorite novelist and essayist Wallace (with help from an editor), through the bowels of the IRS. Read full book review >

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INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 1996

"Almost certainly the biggest and boldest novel we'll see this year and, flaws and all, probably one of the best."
An ambitious and frequently brilliant fictional exploration of the pursuit of pleasure and its ramifying consequences, by the antic author of Girl with Curious Hair (1989), etc. In a manner both reminiscent and imitative of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973), Wallace traces the sometimes connected fortunes of two dozen or so addicted and obsessed souls variously involved with: the authoritarian cultivation of young minds and especially bodies at the Enfield (Mass.) Read full book review >