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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:Essays and Arguments By David Foster Wallace A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again Essays and Arguments In this exuberantly praised book a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch from postmodern literary theory t

  • Title: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:Essays and Arguments
  • Author: David Foster Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780316925280
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:Essays and Arguments By David Foster Wallace In this exuberantly praised book a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facilIn this exuberantly praised book a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest.
    A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:Essays and Arguments By David Foster Wallace

    Supposedly Fun For the love of entertainment For the love of entertainment I ve been sitting on this review for a while now because I keep turning it over and over in my head, and to be brutally honest, I m trying to A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again Essays and The essay in A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again titled E Unibus Pluram tackles the predatory instincts of fiction writers in the television age in a critical review of new fiction, an essay that is read in university Lit departments all over the country. A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again by Wallace Oct , From inside dust jacket flap A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again collects David Foster Wallace s writings on a range fo subjects that only he could bring together From personal narratives to tennis, film, philosophy, and postmodern literary theory, no subject is outside the play of his imagination. A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again by David Foster Where does A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again rank among all the audiobooks you ve listened to so far The essay genre is well suited for audio format, where thoughts can dance without wandering too far, and there s no strong need to write down anything for reference later, apart from well turned phrases we might want to look back on A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again Essays and Feb , A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again is a brilliant collection of essays and arguments This collection was published in exactly one year after Infinite Jest and is comprised of articles previously published from to in several different publications.

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    1. Oriana on said:

      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 mysel [...]

    2. karen on said:

      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 awkwardness charmingly.

    3. mark monday on said:

      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 signifiers, things th [...]

    4. Geoff on said:

      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 cynicism, aloofness, a disdai [...]

    5. Books Ring Mah Bell on said:

      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, the first part [...]

    6. Stephen M on said:

      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 inspire [...]

    7. Aubrey on said:

      One of my obsessive habits on 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, sometimes if 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 c [...]

    8. Roy Lotz on said:

      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 own review, I am forced to begin with the opposite moral do not trust the American hype machine This is not because everything popular is bad, nor because of any Orwellian or Adornoesque [...]

    9. MJ Nicholls on said:

      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 whose ow [...]

    10. B0nnie on said:

      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 Alley [...]

    11. Steve on said:

      Judging from the traffic tie ups you see, I m not the only one who slows down to gape at a car crash The temptation would be even greater somewhere like Beverly Hills with a Ferrari involved I suppose reading this book would fall under a similar rubric gawking at a star betided by tragedy.By nearly all accounts, mine and the MacArthur s included, DFW was a genius This is all the obvious given the essay format a good way to highlight his gift He saw big pictures, as his social commentary and cul [...]

    12. David on said:

      David Foster Wallace is one awesomely smart guy This is both his greatest strength and his potential Achilles heel as a writer Personally, I will read anything this man writes, because I think he is a true genius with a rare sense of compassion, and a hilarious sense of humor Even when his writing falls victim to its own cleverness, I still find it worthwhile perhaps because one senses that the writer is a true mensch not something I feel when being dazzled by the cleverness of a Dave Eggers, fo [...]

    13. Florencia on said:

      Like most unbearably sad things, it seems incredibly elusive and complex in its causes and simple in its effect on board the Nadir especially at night, when all the ship s structured fun and reassurances and gaiety noise ceased I felt despair The word s overused and banalified now, despair, but it s a serious word, and I m using it seriously For me it denotes a simple admixture a weird yearning for death combined with a crushing sense of my own smallness and futility that presents as a fear of d [...]

    14. Janet on said:

      I d like to add a new category to GR called read enough for those books that leave you staggering to your feet wiping the blood from your mouth conceding defeat You know the gap between to read and read Amazingly enough I actually finished this book but only because the final 100 pages were footnotes followed by footnotes to his footnotes Are you kidding me This is a collection of essays covering everything from playing tennis in the tornado belt to television and its relationship to U.S fiction [...]

    15. Matt on said:

      For some strange reason back in junior high school we were allowed a brief recess after lunch The problem here is that there was very little to do during this recess Here are the three activity choices that I remember 1 Mill around on the concrete like inmates always do in the yard on those prison television shows.2 Play a game that one of my fellow scholars evidentally invented that involved a mob of guys bouncing a tennis ball off of a wall and trying to nail each other in the testicles with s [...]

    16. Melki on said:

      I ve read one DFW book The Broom of the System and I didn t much care for it Though I recently read that the author himself didn t like that one, so vindication Imagine my amazement at how much I enjoyed this collection of essays There s some clever and insightful commentary here Wallace even managed to make a subject I have zero interest in tennis fascinating Well, truthfully, by the second article on the sport, my fascination was dwindling Amid the forced joviality of a cruise ship vacation, W [...]

    17. Madeleine on said:

      My woefully late introduction to David Foster Wallace came earlier this year when I noshed greedily on The Broom of the System, which humbled and fascinated and tickled and impressed the ever loving shit out of me to the point where I only gave it four stars because the guy wrote it when he was younger than I am now and I have it on good faith that his later works are even better Reading this made me feel a lot of things the way it eased my unshakable sense of being lonely in a totally cliched e [...]

    18. Teresa Proença on said:

      David Foster Wallace um G NIO Tudo o que escreve revelador de uma Intelig ncia e Imagina o Ilimitadas assombrosa a sua capacidade de observa o, an lise e exposi o de situa es e temas que passariam despercebidas ao comum dos mortais Este volume cont m oito ensaios alguns baseados na sua pr pria experi ncia como rep rter contratado por revistas americanas e o nico discurso que fez para finalistas de um col gio uma experi ncia nica umas vezes triste, outras divertida ouvi lo falar sobre a sua vis o [...]

    19. Moira Russell on said:

      Started rereading the titular va voom essay to cheer myself up in migraine malaise Dear God it s so fucking funny Quite possibly the best essay ever The spousal overunit moved into another room with his laptop to do homework because when I tried to read out sentence paragraphs in acquiescence to the demand of What s so funny I couldn t finish for giggling.

    20. Ellen on said:

      image error a Kilroyishly surreal quality I fell for DFW in the footnotes.How was I to know I don t read footnotes When I edited a couple of books, I told the contributors, in draconian terms, that if the information wasn t important enough to include in their main text, delete the footnote if it was, incorporate it into the main text Wallace puts many of his best lines, and a lot of himself, in his footnotes They form a sort of counter essay, hunkering below and complicating the essay above Whe [...]

    21. Szplug on said:

      I m bewitched by this glorious magenta cover with yellow starfish and the peculiarly flattened and shaped white font I don t know why it is, but whenever I purchase the British edition of a book, inevitably I aesthetically prefer its differing cover artwork, layout, colour scheme, blurb text the whole canoodle is just presented to this set of timeworn eyes in a attractive package than what is offered from North American publishing houses Not to mention that they generally even smell better and [...]

    22. Adam Floridia on said:

      Consistently laugh out loud inducing, heartwarming, thoughtful and sincere, relateable, and difficult to put down Holistically much better than Consider the Lobster As with Lobster, the title essay in this collection was probably my favorite Since reading while traveling prevented me from writing brief reflections on each piece upon completion, I will use my two hour lay over in Minneapolis to consider the A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again essay.First of all, I loved it and repeatedly l [...]

    23. Mala on said:

      Recommended for DFW naysayers.This is gourmet meal with all the essential DFW ingredients sparkling wit, a wicked self deprecatory humour, self consciously unself conscious irony, probing details but as is typical of pricey meals in healthy, small portions, easily digestible It is also very lovingly prepared in that the essays opinion pieces here are heartfelt personal, thus easily relatable.I open the first chapter Derivative Sport in Tornado Valley , am stumped Tennis again it proved to be my [...]

    24. Lena on said:

      This collection of essays contains the two pieces that David Foster Wallace is probably best known for Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All, his observations on attending the Illinois State Fair, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again, his musings on a week long Caribbean cruise Both pieces are truly fantastic reading, entertaining, educational and brilliant all in the same breath Since I ve often suspected that a mass market cruise would mirror my own personal ve [...]

    25. Tara on said:

      3.5 stars, but I m rounding up due to DFW s description of his bout of overly efficient room cleaning induced paranoia, which was featured in an essay on the in s anity of travelling aboard a luxury cruise ship I ve had nearly the same suspicions myself at hotels in the past, though I do tend to thrive on low grade paranoia as a general rule At any rate, it was good to know I m not the only one who has been unnerved by this sinister phenomenon I definitely find Mr Wallace relatable than ever af [...]

    26. Ned Rifle on said:

      I feel a strange nervousness writing this review, not because of the fear of castigation that, I must admit, thrills me , but because I now join the ranks of those who say things like over intellectualized diatribe this is out of context but still He s too clever for me I guess, because I was alienated from the writing this is somewhat jaded and sarcastic but still I found his writing a bit pretentious, and I just don t get the feeling he s being honest in the essays no qualifier Too pretentious [...]

    27. Edward on said:

      A collection of seven non fiction essays on diverse, but traditionally Wallacian subjects 1 Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley Wallace reminisces about his childhood playing tennis in tornado alley A short, fairly unremarkable essay, except in its structure, which culminates short story style in fulfillment of its earlier themes, in something resembling a literary epiphany Wallace considered himself a fiction rather than non fiction writer, and this piece is a good example of how his natural disp [...]

    28. FrancoSantos on said:

      Tengo treinta y tres a os y la impresi n de que ha pasado mucho tiempo y que cada vez pasa m s deprisa Cada d a tengo que llevar a cabo m s elecciones acerca de qu es bueno, importante o divertido, y luego tengo que vivir con la p rdida de todas las dem s opciones que esas elecciones descartan Y empiezo a entender c mo, a medida que el tiempo se acelera, mis opciones disminuyen y las descartadas se multiplican exponencialmente hasta que llego a un punto en la enorme complejidad de ramificaciones [...]

    29. René on said:

      This is a review not of the book, A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again , but the essay itself, which is contained in the book and accompanies a few other essays which I have not read.This, hands down, the most powerful essay I have ever read By that I mean that it resonated powerfully within me, and totally upended my conception of what first person journalism could be I d already been profoundly wowed reading the account of eating lobster in his essay Consider the Lobster , but this, this [...]

    30. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      A piece which critically engages with DFW s essay, E Unibus Pluram Television and U.S Fiction, an essay which I think is central to understanding DFW and yet each time I ve read it, most recently in its Both Flesh And Not incarnation, leaves me wondering if many of us DFWites have actually gotten around to understanding what he s saying there So but this piece which I ll link to shortly, by Daniel Green and published over there at thereadingexperience, is the kind of critical engagement which is [...]

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