Consider the Lobster And Other Essays Author:David Foster Wallace 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? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious nonfiction.For this collection, David Foster Wal... more »lace 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.« less
David Foster Wallace is a writer for The New Yorker and other magazines. This is a collection of some of his articles. Many are expanded from their original form.
Reading Wallace is kind of like being in on someone' stream-of-consciousness. Footnotes, flow chart, inserted editorial comments - it *can* be very confusing but it is also very entertaining. I liked and could relate to some essays more than others, but everyone will probably feel that way.
I really enjoyed the book. I really felt like I was getting in to Wallace's mind. He actually is a *character* in this book. Definitely recommend for a good read and a break from the usual.