A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again : Essays and Arguments
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Essays and Arguments Author:David Foster Wallace Amazon.com Review David Foster Wallace made quite a splash in 1996 with his massive novel, Infinite Jest. Now he's back with a collection of essays entitled A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. In addition to a razor-sharp writing style, Wallace has a mercurial mind that lights on many subjects. His seven essays travel from a state fair i... more »n Illinois to a cruise ship in the Caribbean, explore how television affects literature and what makes film auteur David Lynch tick, and deconstruct deconstructionism and find the intersection between tornadoes and tennis.
These eclectic interests are enhanced by an eye (and nose) for detail: "I have seen sucrose beaches and water a very bright blue. I have seen an all-red leisure suit with flared lapels. I have smelled what suntan lotion smells like spread over 21,000 pounds of hot flesh . . ." It's evident that Wallace revels in both the life of the mind and the peculiarities of his fellows; in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again he celebrates both.« less
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DFW is inconsistent. Some of his work is so intellectually dense as to be indecipherable. But many of his essays (such as the title essay of this work) are incredibly funny and astute. In fact, eponymous essay (about going on a cruise ship) is one of my favorites of all time - it's both clever and introspective at the same time.
Wallace has a very particular writing style, which I guess you either "get" or don't. But if you like intelligent, rambling, and witty observations, then you should take a look at this book. (If you're new to DFW, then I'd recommend Consider the Lobster first, but this is also a good starting point).